On Saturday 8th July 2017, the Principal of Welbeck, Mr Peter Middleton, welcomed VIP’s, Parents, families and friends to the end of year event at the boarding college near Loughborough.
The 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 started with a short service lead by The Reverend (Group Captain) John R Ellis QHC RAF, Deputy Chaplain-in-Chief (Personnel HQ Air Command). Vice-Admiral Duncan Potts CB, Chair of the Board of Governors made the opening address, followed by the Principal, Mr Peter Middleton, who then introduced The Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP who presented the Prizes.
After lunch the College’s Annual General Inspection (AGI) was taken by Major General Robert Nitsch CBE, Director Personnel, Army Board. Parents and VIPs were treated to a military parade by almost 300 cadets, accompanied by the National Marching Band of the RAF Air Cadets. Other inspecting Officers included Vice-Admiral Duncan Potts, Air Marshal Julian Young, The Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Brigadier David Eastman and Wing Commander Jeremy Kindell.
Major General Nitsch, awarded The Prince Philip Medal to 17 year old Rebekah Fox from Grantham. 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 of Honour was awarded to Cadet Jake Finesilver, 18 from Baintree, Essex. The Sword, was generously donated by Robert Pooley, and Jake is the fifth recipient of this awarded. 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.
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 start reading for their technical or engineering degrees from one of our 11 Partner Universities.