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Visit From The Army

Four soldiers from the famous Grenadier Guards and the areas’ recruitment officer spent the afternoon with Year 10 and 12 students and gave them an insight into army life.

Soldiers Guardsman Bradley Thomas, Guardsman Tom Hayward, Lance Corporal Lee McGovern and Lance Corporal Aaran Garratt, who have all recently served in Afghanistan, spoke to the students about their life in the armed forces and  gave a balanced view of both its positive and negative sides.

Vice Principal Tony Segalini who teaches the BTEC Public Services course, said: "We invited the soldiers in as I heard the soldiers were visiting the area.

"They have been talking to the students about the recruitment criteria and also have held some training exercises."

Lance Corporal Aaran Beckett, showed the students his 28lb rucksack, that he and all infantry have to carry around with them while out on the field.

He said: "I joined the army six years ago when I was 16, as it a secure and rewarding career.

"What I have been telling the students that we have spoken to today is that if they want to have a career in the army, they need to make sure they are fit and healthy. It is an extremely physical job and so if they want to make it easier for themselves they need to get into shape."