James flying off to exclusive Air Cadet programme

Head shot of a teenage boy with earphones on flying a plane

Sgt James T has been awarded a fully funded Air Cadet Pilot Scholarship.

The Sixth Former - who was instrumental in setting up the school’s RAF section of the CCF two years ago - has earned one of only 15 places on a residential camp which will take place in Scotland this summer.

During the two-week programme, James will complete 12 hours of flying setting him well on his way to gaining his Private Pilots’ Licence (PPL) which he will need to help him realise his dream of becoming a pilot.

"I was in utter disbelief when I found out I had a place," said James.

"I thought it was worth a shot but never believed I would get it. I ran around the house playing Kenny Loggins’ 'Danger Zone'."

James was put through a rigorous application process which was similar to that of a university application. He was required to submit a personal statement, including stating his grades and predicted grades, and give reasons as to why he wanted to fly and why he deserved a place on the prestigious course. This was then backed up by a reference from Mrs Hutton- Stott, Contingent Commander of the CCF.

Speaking about his achievement, Mrs Hutton-Stott, said; "Only 15 of these scholarships are awarded each year to CCF(RAF) cadets and the selection process is fiercely competitive.

"It is an amazing opportunity for James and a well-earned reward for all of his hard work in helping to establish the RAF Section."

James, who gets his passion for planes from his dad, joined the RGS CCF Army section when he was in Year 9. Two years later, he became one of the founding members of the RAF section and since then has been able to enjoy several sessions flying RAF planes. The COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to these sessions, so James is looking forward to being up in the air again and meeting like-minded cadets.

He continued; "I am really looking forward to completing 12 hours of flying but it will also be a great experience staying away from home for a fortnight and meeting young people who are interested in the aviation side of things like me.

"I am planning to study physics at university which I hope will then lead to a flying career in the RAF or as a commercial pilot so I would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Hutton-Stott for encouraging and supporting me through this process."

A teenage boy wearing sunglasses leaning up against a propeller plane

 

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