The 25th September at lunchtime saw the Roger Kay Hall filled with students listening to a lecture from RAF pilot Mark Quinn.
This was the first Roger Kay Lecture of the year at Bury Grammar School and set a high standard for the enticing talks that are yet to come throughout the year.
Inspired by his grandfather, who served as an Air Gunner in World War II, Mark progressed from a coal-mining village in the North East of England to study Aeronautical Engineering at Manchester University before joining the Royal Air Force in 1992. After completing officer and flying training, he qualified as a Puma Helicopter Pilot and served in Germany, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. He was promoted to Wing Commander in 2008 and served the remainder of his 25 years’ service as a staff officer in London. Mark is now the Regional Director for the RAF’s leading welfare charity, the RAF Benevolent Fund. In his spare time, he likes to fly Gyrocopters around the Lake District, is a school governor, a Mountain Leader and a Duke of Edinburgh Supervisor.
Students were enthralled by Mark Quinn’s descriptions of his experiences in Afghanistan, and also moved when hearing of the number of colleagues he has lost due to the dangerous nature of his job. The school’s CCF were particularly interested in learning about the job of an RAF pilot, with many being inspired to consider this as a career option.
After such a thought-provoking presentation, students asked questions, one being what the entry requirements were to follow this career path. Mark Quinn’s career journey is an inspiring and admirable one which the students of Bury Grammar School were very grateful to hear about.
Written by Sophie, Year 13