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.
On behalf of governors and staff I would like to congratulate our Year 11 students on their exam results. Each and every one of them has had a challenging few years. Those that came up from our Primary school have shown great loyalty and perseverance, sticking with the school even when its future looked uncertain and I thank them all for their faith in us. Their GCSE results are outstanding and very well-deserved. Over half of this year group though came to us in Year 10, just twenty months before their GCSEs, again showing great courage and faith in this school. The fact that they changed schools at such a crucial time and have come away with good results is a testament both to them, to their families and to their hardworking teachers.
Well done everyone.
Sian Jeffreys, Headmistress
After an incredibly busy year for our Sixth Formers, I am delighted that they have been rewarded with some wonderful A Level results. This year group have shown great loyalty and resilience towards Chetwynde over a challenging four year period but they have never failed to remind us that helping young adults reach their potential and setting them safely onto the next step of their lives is what good schools are for. The percentage of top grades (A* and A) at Chetwynde has increased to 32%, which is 6.5% higher than the 2015 national average. I would especially like to draw attention to our outgoing Head Boy and Head Girl, Grady Slater and Lexi Fox, both of whom have been a great source of support and inspiration to me in my first year as Headmistress. Grady is in the incredible position of having been offered a place at Glasgow to study Medicine, at Newcastle to study Chemical Engineering and at Sellafield to start a high-end apprenticeship. How inspiring to be in such a position at the age of 18! Lexi has been offered a place at St Andrews to study Psychology and Philosophy and gained an A grade in her Extended Project Qualification in Psychology. This is an incredible achievement because Chetwynde at present does not offer Psychology A Level and Lexi took her skills and knowledge to A grade level by herself and with the extra-curricular help of Sixth Form staff. These two young people represent the skills, hard work and loyalty of their entire year group and I wish every one of them every success in the exciting years to come.
Ms Sian Jeffreys
On March 18th, the Year 7 & 8 boys football team travelled to the Frenchfields Football Centre in Penrith to take part in the Cumbria Small Schools Football Cup Final.