Burton Latimer academy visit by helicopter inspired primary pupils

Pupils watch from the classroom windows the Royal Navy helicopter land on the school playing fields.

Pupils watch from the classroom windows the Royal Navy helicopter land on the school playing fields.

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Children at St Mary’s C E Primary Academy in Burton Latimer were excited to receive a visit from a Royal Navy helicopter.

Despite arriving in a rainstorm the four-seater Squirrel helicopter landed on the school playing field at the end of morning break, staying for 25 minutes.

Following a whole school assembly focussing on aspiration and achievement, the school pupils chatted to and questioned Lieutenant David Armitage, RN.

The 25-year-old officer, based at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire, was completing a ‘land away’ exercise as part of his final training before becoming a front line serving officer in the Fleet Air Arm.

Lt. Armitage, whose mum Janet works as the bursar at the academy, shared with the children that he had wanted to fly helicopters since he was a small boy, and now he was living his dream.

Many of the children went home inspired to chase their dreams as well.

Mrs Armitage said: “It was lovely for me to have him pop in to school to say hello but it was even more exciting for the children.

“They got soaked but by the end they were buzzing.”