Teens march towards military careers after earning stripes at Rugby secondary school - The Rugby Observer

Teens march towards military careers after earning stripes at Rugby secondary school

Maisie Jeynes 11th Sep, 2017   0

TWO pupils from Avon Valley School in Rugby are marching towards a military career.

Year 11 leavers Ceri Abbit and Sam Birch have been offered places at Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College after scooping top GCSE results.

The co-educational boarding college, based near Loughborough, is funded by the Ministry of Defence. It offers A-Levels to students wishing to pursue a technical or engineering career in the armed forces.

Both students have seen their futures in the military for a number of years, and have been involved with local cadet groups.




Sam a member of Rugby sea cadets, hopes to become an RAF officer. (s)

Sam hopes to become an RAF officer and is a member of Rugby sea cadets, who are affiliated to submarine HMS Tireless.

Ceri is an aspiring Army officer and member of the local Army cadet force.


In June she had the honour of being appointed Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet by Timothy Cox, the Queen’s representative in Warwickshire. A keen musician, Ceri has also served as the county drum major.

Alison Davies, headteacher at Avon Valley, said: “Both Sam and Ceri are wonderful examples of what can be achieved through hard work, commitment and effort.

“I am delighted that they can now take their first steps towards a career in the armed forces. I wish them, and all our leavers, all the best for the future.”

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