Saturday 6th July, the Principal welcomed VIP's, parents, families and friends to the end of year celebrations at The Defence Sixth Form College (DSFC). This event is the most prestigious in the College calendar and marks the culmination of the year and graduation of the Year 13 students.
The day commenced with the Annual General Inspection (AGI) which marked the official passing out of the Year 13 students. The students and spectators were remarkably stoic as the heavens opened during the parade but even this did little to dampen the celebration of the outstanding achievements of the students.
The parade was presided over by Air Marshal Edward Stringer CB CBE, Director General of Joint Force Development and Director General Defence Academy within Joint Forces Command. Parents and VIPs were treated to a military parade by over 300 students, which was led by Head of College, Chloe Winsor and was accompanied by the National Marching Band of the RAF Air Cadets. Chloe a former pupil at Waingels College has been sponsored to attend Welbeck DSFC by the RAF to become an Engineering Officer. Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Mr Mike Kapur OBE, was amongst the Inspecting Party and inspected the front rank of the Year 12’s. Other Inspecting Officers included Major General Andrew Roe, Chair of the Board of Governors and Rear Admiral Paul Marshall.
Air Marshal Stringer awarded The Prince Philip Medal to 17 year old Jamie Easton from Frome in Somerset. The Prince Philip Medal is awarded to the Year 13 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 Kieran Roebuck, 18 from Leeds. The Sword was generously donated by Robert Pooley, founder of Pooley Sword Ltd. Kieran is the seventh recipient of this award. The Welbeck Sword is awarded annually to the Year 13 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. Major General Roe gave the opening address, followed by the Principal, who then introduced The Lord-Lieutenant Mr Mike Kapur OBE, who made an address and presented the prizes.
For the Year 13 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 (DTOEES). They will now move on to their respective Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) units and read for their technical or engineering degrees from one of our 11 partner universities.