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Visit by Wing Commander John Bell

We were delighted on Wednesday 1 March to welcome Wing Commander John Bell to Glyn. Having left school in 1939 he is our oldest surviving old Glynian, serving with distinction as a bomb aimer on numerous missions over Europe before eventually joining 617 squadron, the squadron which had, earlier in the war, gained fame as the dambusters. He forged a career in the RAF and is now much in demand as a raconteur.

Wing Commander Bell and his sister were shown around the school by Year 7 students,  William Huitson and Max Champness, and our Head Boy, Jack Pepper.

It was a poignant moment when Wing Commander Bell was  looking at the school war memorial and read the names on the plaque; names of former Glyn students who were at school with him, but had sadly lost their lives during the war.

Our guests were very complimentary about all aspects of the school and were particularly impressed with the zestful study evident amongst Year 13 students in their private study area.

During Period 5, a group of younger History students from Year 9 were able to question Wing Commander Bell about his experiences, thus gaining an invaluable insight into events of that era.

We look forward to welcoming Wing Commander Bell back to Glyn for both the Glyn 90th Anniversary event on Thursday 30 March and to the Old Glynians’ dinner the following evening.

Mr Proctor, Assistant Headteacher