Year 11 student flying high after successful residential week at RAF Leeming

As reported on our website back in July, one of our Year 10 students was celebrating after successfully gaining a place on a week-long, girls-only residential engineering course at RAF Leeming.

The course, which ran from the 1st to the 5th of August, aimed to encourage its participants to take part in a range of activities geared towards dispelling the myth that only boys are considered for engineering jobs. 

Now back in Year 11 to finish her final year of compulsory education at Withernsea High School, Alex Ogilvie shares her experience of the week:

"My week in the RAF was amazing. It allowed me to find people of the same age as me who have similar interests to mine. The range of courses we are all taking showed me the multiple ways that you can get into STEM subjects as a career. The week had 40 Year 10 girls looking into STEM subjects as future career options.

The week taught me several things about the way air fields are run, loads of ways that teams interact and several ways to solve problems as a team without causing arguments.

I knew nobody there so had to make friends and I am now sure that I have friends for life. My group worked hard and found that we all had wide range of skills. This allowed us to complete tasks well by listening to everybody’s ideas and allowing all our skills to shine.

I thought this would be a great experience for me and would help me in the future to allow me to have the edge when looking for jobs in a competitive job market. Alongside this I am planning to go to the Siemens plant in Hull for work experience for a week over the summer of 2017.

This is not because I am smart, this is because I express an interest in things and help people out so in return they let me know about things that might benefit me in the future. I believe that I had this opportunity because I don’t have a problem with helping other people out and getting stuck in with a range of tasks. I believe that anybody can have similar opportunities as long as they are willing to apply themselves."

ABOVE: Headteacher Richard Williman congratulates Alex Ogilvie after her successful residential week at RAF Leeming.

BELOW: A selection of pictures taken during Alex's time at RAF Leeming.