• Believe, Achieve, Succeed
  • Believe, Achieve, Succeed
  • Believe, Achieve, Succeed
  • Believe, Achieve, Succeed

Three Peaks Challenge


The three students who recently took on climbing the Three Peaks of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis proved more than up to the challenge! Walking as part of a 42-strong group consisting mainly of trainers and members from the three Winners Gyms in South Devon, Tom Houghton (Year 13 Construction), Jessy Motteram (Year 13 Motor Vehicle) and Brioney Waldron (now at South Devon College) stuck doggedly to their task to successfully scale all three mountains.

We started out from the foot of Snowdon at shortly before 1.00 p.m. on Friday 21st September and by 1.00 p.m. on Sunday 23rd September, the last member of the group scaled Ben Nevis, having completed the trek to the top of Scafell Pike the previous day. 48 hours to climb the highest mountains in Wales, England and Scotland is no mean feat at any age and in any circumstance, so the fact that all 42 members of the group succeeded is testament to the planning and preparation that went into this ambitious project, and in the case of the students – their attitude, effort and application throughout this daunting undertaking.

All three of them will be recognised and rewarded for their achievement, firstly at a whole school assembly when it is hoped they can provide inspiration to pupils lower down the school, and then at a special presentation and celebration event at the Snooty Fox pub on Friday 19th October when they will receive their official Three Peaks certificates.

The 3-day itinerary threw many challenges at the students, but although a violent hailstorm on the top of Snowdon briefly threatened to prevent the group from reaching the summit, they dug deep into their resources and kept going to reach the top.

Many congratulations to all three students – that was a magnificent achievement!



The success of the Three Peaks Challenge has been in much more than just successful completion of the mountains involved. Fundraising, which has been done mainly through a specially dedicated Virgin Giving page, has resulted in over £10,000 being raised for Rowcroft Hospice in Torquay. As of 9.00 a.m. on Thursday 27th September, the total stands at a whopping £11,374 and still rising which is a magnificent effort by all concerned. If you would still like to donate to help us over the £12,000 mark you still have a few days left (till the 30th September) – go to :


Edward Thompson

(Sixth Form Manager)