Girls heard how the sky was the limit at their annual prize-giving ceremony last week.

Fighter pilot Jo Salter MBA spoke to pupils at the annual Cathedral service about her experiences as the first ever British female Tornado pilot.

Girls and their parents heard stories of how she had met some very specific challenges to achieve her goal and she described with obvious excitement the exhilaration of flying a £25 million plane only metres from the ground.

Jo has since retired from active duty but is still involved in the training of new pilots and she had some wise words of advice for the youngsters.

The annual prize-giving was a chance for Queen’s families to gather to celebrate girls’ achievements from across the whole school.

Prizes were awarded to girls from Year 7-13 across all subjects and parents also heard speeches from the Chair of Governors Marion Ardron and Headmistress Mrs Sarah Clark who spoke about the school’s ability to ensure that every girl reached her potential.

Sarah Clark, Headmistress, said: “Jo gave an absolutely fascinating talk to us all. It was very interesting to hear how she had never set out to break any glass ceilings or trail blaze but simply followed her dream and approached every opportunity with a ‘why not’ attitude and every challenge with a pragmatic ‘can do’ one – I can’t think of a better message for our girls to hear!”

Post date: 18th September 2014