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.”
The first time my daughter and I visited the school she said to me “that is a happy school no question.” The scholastic achievements of the school are evident and an easy measure for a school to demonstrate. What is hard to quantify is the holistic development of a pupil at which, in my experience, Windermere School excels.
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.