Pupilswere thrilled to welcome to School Flight Lieutenant and contestant on the BBC Two series ‘Astronauts: Do you have what it takes? – Kerry Bennett.

To demonstrate the themes of dream big, work hard and don’t give up when things don’t go to plan,Kerry spoke to parents, staff and children about her journey to becoming an RAF Pilot and the challenges she faced on the BBC Two television series.Kerry explained how she wanted to be a Jet Pilot and after four years of training didn’t make it through the final selection process. Whilst this was a huge disappointment, it meant that she went on to be part of the Royal Squadron, flying VIPs around the world. Some of her passengers have included, Prince William and actor Daniel Craig.

However, Kerry is best known for her participation in the series ‘Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?’ where she made it to the final three. Kerry explained some of the challenges she faced including learning to fly a helicopter, making thousands of origami birds, learning Russian and the ‘dunker’, a simulator that tests astronauts in an underwater crash situation. Kerry’s favourite task was the zero gravity experience, during which contestants had to assemble an old polaroid camera.

Kerry explained, “There
are so many opportunities for children today and many different career paths open to them.
Whichever route each individual chooses there are bound to be challenges along the way
and unexpected bumps and curves in the road. I hope from the experiences I have shared
today they will embrace the challenges they face with bravery and positivity. The children
were a pleasure to talk to and asked some challenging questions, I wish them all well with
their adventures.”

Throughout the afternoon Kerry demonstrated times in her life, where she felt intimidated,
overwhelmed and not good enough and still pushed on to succeed. She still dreams of
being an astronaut and is working hard to achieve her goal. We wish her well and very
muchlook forward to following her progress.