News Old Collyerian Returns 31.03.2021

Jacob Tasker Inspires Students to Aim High!

Recently former Collyer’s student Jacob Tasker returned to the Ofsted Outstanding sixth form college to talk to 50 students about achieving a place on RAF Initial Officer Training in May, with the intention to follow a career leading a team protecting the UK Airspace. During a chat-show style session, hosted by Deputy Principal Steve Martell via Zoom, students asked Jacob about volunteering, air cadets, work experience, aptitude tests and RAF selection panels.

Jacob said: “It was great to give something back and I really enjoyed speaking to the class about my experiences. The opportunity to work as a Collyer’s Ambassador with Steve and his team proved valuable in my selection panel interviews and the support I received from the Collyer’s Association, to enable me to make a parachute jump in 2019, will also never be forgotten!”

Jacob also spoke about broader opportunities available within the RAF, aiming high, and the practicalities of gaining a Foundation Degree during Officer Training.

He added: “During a long and testing selection process, I used many of the skills harnessed at Collyer’s, especially the grit and determination required when studying for my A Levels.

“Steve and my teachers at Collyer’s always believed in me and encouraged me to never give up on my dreams. They were right!”

Deputy Principal Steve Martell said: “It was great to welcome Jacob back. He was a wonderful student at Collyer’s and worked so hard to fulfil his ambassadorial duties.

“After the session the group said they found him inspiring. I am certainly inspired by Jacob and can’t wait to invite him back so we can hear the latest installment of his success story!”