Ryan Clyde attended Chetwynde School from 1999 to 2014; after being awarded the position of Head Boy for the academic year 2013-14, he went on to pursue a career as an airline pilot…
My flight training journey has been a real adventure. For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to become a pilot and after completing my A Levels at Chetwynde in summer 2014, I applied and was soon offered a place on the Integrated ATPL course at CTC Aviation, a global pilot training and resourcing company with excellent airline partnerships. My training started with six months of theoretical knowledge in Southampton where I sat fourteen Civil Aviation Authority exams covering subject areas such as principles of flight, aircraft performance and meteorology. This was incredibly intense and certainly one of the biggest challenges of the course but certainly laid the foundations for the rest of training.
After passing those exams, I then spent eight months at CTC Aviation’s training location in Phoenix, Arizona. Here I completed my basic flight training, gained experience and obtained my Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL). Living in Phoenix was an incredible experience with beautiful weather, fantastic road trips and great flying…undoubtedly the most enjoyable part of my career so far! Upon returning to the UK, I completed my advanced training at CTC Aviation’s Bournemouth and Southampton Centres and passed my Instrument Rating (IR), Multi-Crew Cooperation Certificate (MCC) and Jet Orientation Course (JOC).
Having successfully completed the Integrated ATPL course, I have now been placed with CTC Aviation’s partner airline easyJet and will begin flying operationally in January. I’m hugely excited to have realised my dream and have thoroughly enjoyed the journey of getting here. It’s an honour to be kick-starting my career at such a fast paced, dynamic and growing airline with an excellent reputation for safety, customer service and on-time performance.
I am very grateful for all the support I have received from Chetwynde and realise that many of the values I learnt from the ethos of the school have been vital in getting me where I am now. Having attended the school from age 3, it’s clear that as well as helping me obtain fantastic academic results, Chetwynde’s culture of encouraging confidence, respect, reliability and creativity have been fundamental to the pursuit of my dream.
To keep up to date with Ryan’s latest news check out his blog ryanclyde.com or follow him on Twitter @rycly and Instagram @instarycly.
lands flying job at easyJet. Check out his blog ryanclyde.com or follow him on Twitter @rycly and Instagram @instarycly.
Affectionately known as MOG, the new Olympiad was added to the list of competitions run by the UK Mathematics Trust in 2011. MOG’s aim is to encourage enthusiastic girls to develop their passion for mathematics, particularly at Olympiad level. The paper contains five grueling questions to be answered in two-and-a-half hours. This academic year, the Olympiad took place on Tuesday 11th October. Congratulations to all our talented and committed female mathematicians from Year 11; Heather Aitken, Amber Cropley, Abbie Knowles, and Connie McMahon who participated in this Olympiad. All demonstrated real mathematical potential, developing their own strategies to solve problems in clearly unfamiliar areas.
We eagerly await the results which will be posted mid-November.
The proposal to end sixth form provision from September 2017
After a unanimous vote on Thursday 29th September, the Governing Body have sadly decided to initiate the consultation process which will, if successful, lead to the closure of the sixth form from September 2017.
This is extremely sad for all involved, both current parents, pupils and staff and also those who have experienced the Chetwynde Sixth Form in all the years since 1992. However, government cuts to Key Stage 5 funding and the crucial importance of providing sustainability and value for money have meant that as the numbers choosing to stay on have dwindled, so have their financial viability.
“Even during its years as an independent school, and despite the excellent A Level teaching and results achieved each year, the school has increasingly struggled to retain pupils for its sixth form provision. Often when a pupil reaches the age of 16 they want to explore the wider world and feel adult enough to make their own choices and decisions. The enticement of being able to spread their wings and experience something new or bigger, or having a wider choice of A-Level and vocation-based subjects available to them elsewhere has been something the school has increasingly found itself unable to compete with. Since becoming a Free School Chetwynde has remained a wonderful, vibrant and truly special all-through school which is a joy to be part of, with talented and dedicated teachers, staff and pupils. It is with very heavy hearts the governors have had to start this consultation process which may well result in the closure of the Sixth Form. However, we must focus on the common good and long-term sustainability. The guaranteed and continuing provision of an excellent first-class education has to remain our number one priority.
The decision to begin a consultation process involving all stakeholders will have as its priority the smooth transition of pupils. If the Governing Body’s decision is ratified by the Secretary of State, then this will mean a much fairer distribution of resources within our school that will further strengthen all the Key Stages. Sixth Forms throughout the country face a particular challenge in maintaining choice combined with quality of curriculum and financial sustainability.’
Dr Simon Mardel, OBE. Chair of Governors
The school has informed parents and pupils of its intention and will start the consultation process with a meeting for all interested parties on October 10th at 6pm in the Theatre. If the school proves its business case for closure, then the application goes to the Secretary of State for ratification.
I am delighted to invite you all to our annual Summer Concert featuring song, recitals, musical performances and even some Shakespeare! We are hoping for a lovely evening so that we can all enjoy a glass of Pimm’s on the patio and be entertained by our talented children. It will also be an opportunity for parents to see inside the Design and Technology Building.
If the weather is inclement, we shall hold the concert in the Theatre but the new building will be open from 6.30 to 7 for those who wish to see inside. Tickets priced £3.00 are on sale at the Office – or at arrival on the concert and include a drink of wine, Pimm’s or juice. I hope to see as many of you there as possible so that we can celebrate the end of a successful year.
Ms. S. Jeffreys