KING’S Ely Sixth Form student Archie Morrison Brown (16) is preparing for a challenge of a lifetime after becoming the second recipient of the school’s Tall Ships Youth Trust (TSYT) Award. 

The award will enable Archie, from Thetford in Norfolk, to embark on a seven day voyage of the high seas, where he will experience many physical and psychological challenges and discover skills and abilities that he may never have realised he had.

This prize has been given by David Andrew, a former pupil, who left after the Sixth Form in 1959.  Since attending the school he has been passionate about sailing and has been an active member and volunteer for the Tall Ships Youth Trust since 1981, when he first went on a sail training voyage.

David gifted the school a bursary for the first time last year for Year 11 students to apply. Toby Roney was the first lucky recipient to go on the week’s sail training voyage with the Tall Ships.  Toby proved to be outstanding on the expedition; he was recommended as a Full Watch Leader and will be returning to the Tall Ships as a volunteer leader.

Sue Freestone, Principal of King’s Ely, commented, “This is a tremendous opportunity for adventure and personal growth; we are very grateful to David Andrew for making it possible”.

The TSYT is a registered charity that is dedicated to the personal development of young people through the crewing of ocean going sail training vessels.  It is the UK’s oldest and largest sail training charity for young people aged 12-25. For further information, please visit

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