Midshipman Ben Flint was among 131 Officer Cadets who took part in the parade, watched by their families, friends and distinguished guests, including the Fleet Commander and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Sir Philip Jones, who was the VIP inspecting officer.
To earn his place on the parade ground, Ben completed an intensive 30 week training course, which was split into three distinct 10 week phases. While the course predominately takes place at the world renowned College in Dartmouth, the training includes a three week ship acquaint when Ben was assigned to the Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender, while the ship was operating in UK waters.
Ben is following in his parents’ footsteps by choosing a military career. After completing the International Baccalaureate, Ben studied Environmental Geoscience at Durham University and has been working as a volunteer with Cumbria Wildlife Trust.
He said: “I wanted a job that tests me mentally and physically and I also wanted the chance to fly and to travel. This course has been challenging, but it’s also been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had. It was great to be chosen to represent the Navy at hockey during my training and the exercise on the River Dart is my highlight of the course.”
Three of our four daughters have been boarders at the Senior School following our unexpected move to Hong Kong in 2012. One moved back to board at Windermere following two years in Hong Kong and our youngest can't wait to follow in her footsteps and return as an overseas boarder into Year 9. We cannot fault the standard of education and care which the girls have enjoyed throughout their Windermere journeys. In particular, we love the location - and the way in which the Lake District becomes part of the curriculum - and the international flavour of the Senior School.
Windermere School is such a unique community to be a part of. Not only is it based in a truly beautiful and inspiring national park, but the environment created by staff and students alike makes for an incredibly supportive, proactive, exciting and international place of learning in which everyone can thrive and be the best they can be.