On Saturday 7th July, the Principal of Welbeck, Mr Peter Middleton, welcomed VIP’s, parents, families and friends to the end of year celebrations at The Defence Sixth Form College. This event is the most prestigious in the College calendar and marks the culmination of the year and the graduation of the Upper Sixth students.
The day commenced with the Annual General Inspection (AGI) which marked the official passing out of the Upper Sixth students. The parade was presided over by Air Marshal Julian Young CB OBE, Chief of Materiel (Air) within Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) and the MOD’s Defence Engineering Champion. Parents and VIPs were treated to a military parade by almost 300 cadets, accompanied by the National Marching Band of the RAF Air Cadets. Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Mr Mike Kapur OBE, was amongst the Inspecting Party and inspected the front rank of the Lower Sixth. Other Inspecting Officers included Air Vice-Marshal Luck, Chair of the Board of Governors, Major General Mark Gaunt, Brigadier David Eastman and Wing Commander Jeremy Kindell.
Air Marshal Young awarded The Prince Philip Medal to 18 year old Ciara McAleese from Oxfordshire. The Prince Philip Medal is awarded to the Upper Sixth student who best exemplifies the core standards and values that underpin the College and in doing so has, first and foremost, consistently demonstrated excellent progress towards achieving high academic standards.
The Welbeck Sword was awarded to Cadet Emma Morley, 18 from Cornwall. The Sword, was generously donated by Robert Pooley, founder of Pooley Sword Ltd. Emma is the sixth recipient of this award. The Welbeck Sword is awarded annually to the Upper Sixth student whose engagement in key areas of personal development has been viewed as outstanding; this includes maximising their academic potential, physical and mental fitness and personal officer qualities.
Lunch was followed by Prize Giving which started with a short service led by The Reverend John Vincent CF. Air Vice-Marshal Luck MBE made the opening address, followed by the Principal, who then introduced Professor Robert Allison, Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University, who made an address and presented the prizes. The day ended with a display from the RAF Falcons Parachute Team.
For the Upper Sixth students this event marks the first milestone in their military careers, indicating the end of the first phase of the Defence Technical Officer and Engineer Entry Scheme. They will now move on to their respective Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme units and read for their technical or engineering degrees from one of our 11 partner universities.