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Celebration for a former student

I was delighted to attend Chloe Earth’s Navy Passing Out Parade at HMS Raleigh, near Plymouth, on 20th May. Chloe was a student here until last summer, when she completed her A Levels. Chloe passed the gruelling 10 week training programme, and has now started the second part of her training in Portsmouth as a Weapons Specialist. As a school, we are very proud of the dedication and commitment Chloe has shown to pass the challenging assessments to join the Royal Navy and complete her induction training. The following words are from Chloe and are aimed at all our students:

“HMS Raleigh was a surreal experience, incomparable to anything I have ever done. A lot of it was physically and mentally challenging and I was often pushed out of my comfort zone. But nevertheless, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, most of the time! There were highs and lows, like there is in any job. Being away from home for long periods of time was difficult, and was made harder when there was limited contact. Late nights and early mornings were strenuous especially after a particularly long and physical day. Not  to the mention having to completely change the way you think from civilian to military was challenging even at the best of times.  

But the highs by far, outweighed the lows. Dangling from a 20 ft high wire and completing the leap of faith, trekking across the landscapes of Dartmoor, firing a SA80 Assault rifle, learning how to appropriately fix a gas mask and survive a gas attack, practicing what it's like when a compartment on-board floods and learning how to fight fires and the arts of damage control were all highlights of my experience, all whilst getting paid.  

If I had any advice for students who are thinking about a career in the Royal Navy, I would say go for it. If I was to look back at my life a year ago, I would never of thought I would be where I am now.  There are endless opportunities out there waiting for people who have the courage to take them. It's like anything in life, you get what you put in, work hard and enjoy the life you live.”

Mrs Boreham

Assistant Head

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