Lower Sixth student Lisa Baker has been a member of the Cranleigh Squadron of the Air Training Corps for 4 years and has been awarded the Commandant’s Certificate of Merit at a ceremony at St John’s School in Leatherhead. This national award recognises Lisa as the ‘best cadet’ and was presented by Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, Commandant of the Royal Air Force Cadets. The ceremony was also attended by Lisa’s family who have a history with the RAF and the Air Cadets and Lisa mentions that her Grandfather, who enjoyed a full career in the RAF, was very proud.
Along with her studies at Godalming College Lisa finds the time to go twice a week to Air Cadets as a Flight Sergeant and takes part in residential camps and flying at the weekends and during the college holidays. She also attends Surrey Band practices and is part of both the National Marching Band and Concert Band which have involved camps at RAF bases in Buckinghamshire and Lincolnshire throughout the year to rehearse.
As a drummer Lisa has been involved in high profile events. She attended the launch of the Prime Ministers initiative to expand cadet units to schools by playing in the gardens of 10 Downing Street with the National Marching Band to an audience of VIPS and members of the cabinet such as the then Defence Secretary, Phillip Hammond and the Home Secretary, Theresa May.
Lisa was also selected to be amongst the congregation of current cadets, veterans and adult volunteers at a church service to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Air Training Corps at the RAF church of St Clement Danes, London. The Duchess of Cambridge, who has taken over the patronage of the Air Cadets this year from the Duke of Edinburgh attended this celebration followed by a reception at the Royal Courts of Justice.
Lisa currently studies Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Politics at Godalming and is also involved with the College Orchestra. At the moment she isn’t sure what her future will hold but the possibility of joining the royal marines as a musician is appealing.
In the photograph Lisa is standing to the left of David Carmeron.