School cadets get to take to the skies

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Fifteen cadets from Heanor Gate Science College have taken to the sky for the first time this summer having flown as part of their summer camp.

The students from school years nine and 10 travelled to RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire for a week’s adventure camp.

During their time, the pupil’s had the opportunity to learn to fly with a tutor at RAF Benson, as well as a taking part in a range of other activities at RAF Halton and in the surrounding area.

Heanor Gate Science College, of Kirkley Drive, set up a RAF-themed combined cadet force (CCF) in September last year by joining forces with Repton School, in Repton, Derbyshire, as part of the Government’s school expansion programme.

Miriam Watson, director for vocational learning at Heanor Gate S and CCF contingent commander, said: “Getting airborne is something the cadets have been looking forward to for a long time.

“Taking part in flying 
lessons in a controlled environment such as this is a really great opportunity for the students to ask questions and increase their knowledge of aircraft generally.

“I know this experience will be remembered positively for a long time.”