High-flier Kieran aims for armed forces

Kieran Walters, attending military sixth form college
Kieran Walters, attending military sixth form college

A DRONFIELD Air Cadet is making his mark at one of the most prestigious military sixth form colleges in the country.

Kieran Walters, 16 is being sponsored by the RAF after passing a selection course at RAF College Cranwell and attaining 10As/A* at GCSE at Dronfield Henry Fanshaw School.

He is studying at Welbeck Military Sixth Form College, near Loughborough, which places a strong emphasis on engineering and takes students who hope to become officers in the armed forces.

Since joining the college, Kieran, from Dronfield, has been selected to represent Welbeck and the RAF at the Royal Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, where he met the Royal family and Katherine Jenkins.

Kieran, who joined 1890 Dronfield Squadron (Air Cadets) in January 2009, said: “I recommend both the air cadets and the college to anyone who wants a future in any of the armed forces. The experiences I gained at Air Cadets definitely helped me to gain this place at Welbeck and my future in the RAF”.

His mum Penny Walters added: “Kieran’s experiences with Dronfield Squadron has been outstanding, I don’t know any other youth organisation that offers such varied and exciting opportunities.

“He has been flying, gliding and attended various RAF stations in the UK and Gibraltar. He has developed and delivered lessons to younger cadets and most importantly of all, he has learnt how to iron!

“I cannot begin to express the difference the ATC has had on Kieran’s personal development leading to his admission to one of the most prestigious colleges in the country.

“To know, with continued hard work, he will become an engineering officer in the RAF fills me with immense pride.

“I am in no doubt that Kieran’s motivation to work hard at school was as a direct result of his experiences with the ATC and the prospect of gaining a place at Welbeck College. I would also like to extend a very genuine and sincere thank-you to all the staff and volunteers at 1890 Dronfield Squadron.”

Flight Lieut Steve Broomhead, Officer Commanding 1890 Dronfield Squadron Air Cadets, added “It is great to have watched Kieran go from strength to strength with his time at the squadron, to know that his time and experiences along the way have benefited him for his future career is excellent. We are immensely proud to see Kieran fulfil his ambition of attending Welbeck and this is only the start of what is sure to be a very high profile career path from this young man”.

Anybody interested in joining the local Air Cadets Squadron should contact (01246) 410714 between 7.30pm and 9.30pm Mondays and Wednesdays. To join you must be aged between 13 and 17 years old.