Royal Navy Lieutenant pays visit to his old Swindon school

By Jessica Durston - 29 September 2022

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  • Lieutenant Ollie Mendham pictured with KS4 pupils from Bradon Forest School

    Lieutenant Ollie Mendham pictured with KS4 pupils from Bradon Forest School

Lieutenant Ollie Mendham from the Royal Navy paid a visit to his old school - Bradon Forest School - to talk to its current Key Stage 4 students.

The Lieutenant spent some time speaking to Year 11 pupils who have shown an interest in joining the Navy or uniformed services as part of the school's Careers and Progression programme.

Ollie Mendham is a former Bradon Forest student, and staff said they enjoyed welcoming him back to hear all about the exciting events so far in his career.

Ollie shared a presentation with the group, first showing them his Year 7 school photo, and then moving through his qualifications and on to how he joined the Navy, what his job entails, and the different branches and roles within the force.

He then ended with a question and answer session for the students. 

A spokesperson for Bradon Forest said: "Our students were very engaged and asked some excellent questions, such as: 'Where could you be based in the UK as a Navy pilot?', 'What's the most exciting part about flying the Wildcat?' and 'How long were you seasick for?'"

More about Bradon Forest School can be found at https://bradonforest.org.uk/

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