Britannia Royal Naval College welcomed school children into the college for a day of activities.

A group of 49 students from Dartmouth Academy were welcomed to the College by the Commanding Officer, Captain Jol Woodward before splitting into groups for a round-robin of activities on Friday, July 20.

The children practiced team working and leadership skills on the BRNC’s low ropes training facility. Additionally, the group of children aged between 11 and 14 took part in a marching session on the parade ground and a fitness session in the gymnasium.

Rebecca Darke, Associate Principal at the Academy said: “The pupils have been given a fantastic opportunity to experience various activities at the College.

“This has been a great way to end what has been a week of challenges at Dartmouth Academy for the pupils and a brilliant finale to their last day at school before breaking up for the summer holidays.”

For Riley, one of the students on the visit, it was an opportunity to see where members of his family had worked. He said: “It is really cool spending our last day at school here at the College.

My dad and grandad worked at the Naval College many years ago and it is great to be where they were.”

Back in February, the BRNC signed a twinning agreement with Dartmouth Academy.

Capt Woodward said: “This visit is part of our agreement to work together and reflects our shared ethos to help young people become the best they can be while also improving the understanding of the Royal Navy and promoting community relations.”

In addition to this, a group of 13 students from schools in Plymouth, Callington, Weston-Super-Mare, Bridgewater and Staffordshire spent the day at the BRNC while on a work experience programme organised by Devonport Naval Base.

The group which visited earlier this month were given an insight into the Initial Naval Officer training programme and took part in activities on the low ropes course and the River Dart.

Harrison, one of the students taking part, said: “Experiencing what it is like to be part of the Navy has been brilliant, all the events we have participated in have been well organised.

“Taking part in all the challenges has given me an insight into what skills I already have and what I need to work on to hopefully pursue a career in the Navy.”

Six students have taken part in a work experience programme run by the BRNC last week.

During the week, the students spent a day each working alongside staff in the stores department, the gymnasium, on the River Dart, the ceremonial training team and with the team delivering training to members of the Royal Naval Reserve.