Capable Kids – Creators of the Mini Duke, Junior Duke & Senior Duke Awards


Gordon Bulloch

Former Scottish and international rugby star, Gordon Bulloch is a former pupil of Hutchesons' Grammar School. After leaving school, his rugby career began with Scotland U19s and U21s. During this time, he played four tours in South Africa and helped secure Scotland's fourth place in the 1996 Students' World Cup. Gordon's career soared and he progressed to the level of Captain for Scotland as well as the British and Irish Lions. During his successful career, he gained 75 caps. Since retiring from international rugby, Gordon Bulloch has forged a new, successful career in business as Director of Highland Metals Ltd and continues to exercise by running in the hills.

Since 2006, Gordon has been very involved in the Junior Duke Award Scheme. He delivers excellent motivational speeches at the start of each year, as well as coaching a rugby session for the P7 boys.

At the end of each academic year, Gordon attends our special Garden Party lunch to join the celebrations for the children who complete the Platinum Junior Duke Award. He presents all of the well-deserving children with their certificates and spends time speaking to them about the things they have learned and most enjoyed during the Award.

Many other schools taking part in the Award have chosen their own Ambassadors who visit their schools and present certificates. We aim to have information about them here in the near future!

“It has been a privilege to have been able to encourage and support the children taking part in the Junior Duke over the last 13 years.
During this time the many participants have not only learned practical skills such as cooking and doing the laundry but have also had the opportunity to challenge themselves in activities involving art, music, technology, travel and sport that they may not have had the chance to experience otherwise.
Maybe one of these experiences will inspire the next Nicola Benedetti or Andy Murray, but if not then at least you’ll be able to wash your clothes and make yourself something tasty for dinner.”

Gordon Bulloch