Barnes Wallis’ high-fliers excel on JET Blue Skies programme

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fourteen students from Barnes Wallis Academy are becoming high fliers - with the help of the Jon Egging Trust (JET) and the Red Arrows.

The three-year project covers teamwork in the first year, leadership in the second and work skills in the third and final year.

‘Dovetailing’ the school curriculum, the project is designed to help build the character and confidence of students. Barnes Wallis Academy is one of only 24 schools nationally that is involved in the innovative project.

After completing the first year, students from Barnes Wallis Academy were presented with their certificates by the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire at a ceremony attended by parents, senior RAF figures and JET officials.

As part of the programme, the students spent time with the Red Arrows, the Fire and Rescue team at RAF Cranwell and took part in a survival exercise in an indoor pool. The next stage will see students attending the same leadership course that the RAF uses to train officers at RAF Cranwell.

David Lancaster, Executive Principal at Barnes Wallis Academy, said he was ‘proud’ of the students. He added: “This programme has provided a unique and fantastic opportunity to transform young lives.”