Former College student flying high!

Former Cirencester College student Riya Deshmukh is experiencing plenty of what life has to offer since leaving the College in the summer of 2019.

Riya is now in her first year at King’s College, London, studying Human Geography, and is throwing herself into university life, enrolling in plenty of extra-curricular activities. However Riya has also achieved more than the average student during her first few months at university.

In October, she received the Duke of Edinburgh Gold award, presented to her by Gloucestershire polar explorer Tom Avery at St James’ Palace. Prince Edward was also present at the awards ceremony, recognising the special group of individuals who had managed to complete the challenging award.

Whilst in College, Riya was also studying to become a commercial airline pilot alongside her A-levels in Geography, German and Maths. At 17 years old, she obtained her private pilot licence after hours of ground school and flight training. Two months later, she went on to achieve her ‘Night Rating’, which qualifies a pilot to fly at night. Achieving all this before her 18th birthday could make Riya one of the youngest trained pilots in the country!

We wish Riya all the best with her degree and any other achievements she may be eyeing up!

Do you know a former student who’s up to something interesting? Send an email to mara.west@cirencester.ac.uk.