FARNBOROUGH'S Wavell School chose Farnborough Air Show week for the lift off of the new web-based education initiative it is launching with the Society of British Aerospace Companies.

The "Launch Pad for Learning" is backed by the 60,000 strong air cadet organisation and by a number of leading aerospace and technology companies including BAE Systems and PTC. Its aims are to encourage children to consider careers in science, technology and engineering.

The launch at Wavell on Tuesday was by the Red Arrows' assistant team manager Sqn Ldr Lyn Johnson, the first woman in the air team's history. It consists of a challenge for more than 250 children and those at the school were linked virtually with others up and down the country.

Headmaster Spokey Wheeler, (pictured above with Tony Hinkley), described the scheme as " a new chapter in education."

He added: "By bringing together industry and education we believe we can provide valuable resources and give children the opportunity to experience advanced technology which is used in the commercial world."

PICTURE: Wavel headmaster Spokey Wheeler (right) launches "a new chapter in education" with Tony Hinkley, learning director of Launchpad for Learning.