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RAF Puma helicopter lands on William Hildyard Primary School field in Market Deeping

An RAF Puma helicopter surprised pupils when it started hovering close to their classrooms and then landed on the school field.

While it might have seemed like a huge distraction from lessons for William Hildyard Primary School's youngsters, it was actually a well-planned part of their Science and Engineering Week activities.

It was also an opportunity to inspire children to think about different jobs and career paths that can be open to them in later life, so long as they 'aim high' at school.

An RAF helicopter lands at William Hildyard School(13120336)
An RAF helicopter lands at William Hildyard School(13120336)

The RAF crew and Puma helicopter were from RAF Benson near Wallingford, in Oxfordshire.

All of the children at William Hildyard, from the school's nursery to Year 6, had the opportunity to take a look inside the aircraft.

Head of school, Mr Fell said: Our children were totally in awe of the crew members, who were fantastic with the children and answered the many questions they had about the helicopter and life in the military.

"Children in Key Stage 2 then took part in an inspiring careers talk with the crew in the hall, who captivated them with their interesting stories and knowledge of their jobs.

"The children thoroughly enjoyed the personal interaction, and it motivated their curiosity, leading to many thoughtful questions."

As the pilots and crewman prepared to take off at home time, many families of the school gathered on the playground to watch the Puma depart.

Mr Fell added, “It was an awesome afternoon; the children had the best time and it was so inspiring for them.

"This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and they will always remember the day a helicopter landed on their field.”

To watch a video of the helicopter landing, click here.

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