May 11th 2015

Air Cadet Commandant visits former school

Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty RAFR has visited her former school in Northamptonshire to give a talk to pupils on her RAF career.

Air Commodore McCafferty, who attended Southfield School for Girls in Kettering between 1976 and 1982, gave an assembly for up to 400 pupils focusing on her life and career in the RAF, as well as her role as Commandant of the Air Cadet Organisation.

The visit came after a student contacted the Commandant via social media, and saw her give an assembly to students in years 10-13, some of whom are Cadets at the local Air Training Corps (ATC) Squadron in the town.

Speaking after the visit which took place on Tuesday 21 April 2015, Air Commodore McCafferty said: “It was a genuine pleasure to return to my old school and meet the new generation of students.  My ability to follow my dreams and join the Royal Air Force was founded on the strong educational base provided by my Southfield School teachers and I am indebted to them for giving me the confidence to embark on what has been an incredibly enjoyable and fulfilling career.  I wish all the students every success in the future – Per Adua Ad Astra.”

Head Teacher of Southfield School for Girls, Mrs Julie Goswell said: “It was an honour to welcome Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty back to Southfield School.  She recalled in her assembly, the fond memories that she had of her school days at Southfield School and remembered that the school had given her the skills, drive and ambition to achieve such a high level in the RAF.”

“It was a genuine pleasure to return to my old school and meet the new generation of students."