A FORMER student dropped in at his old school to talk to pupils about his career in the Royal Navy.

Lieutenant Luke Wraith certainly made an impression when he piloted his own helicopter and landed at Tadcaster Grammar School.

He contacted the school to say that he and his team were in the area based at Linton-On-Ouse for a time and he would love to return to his roots and speak to Sixth Form students about his experiences since leaving Tadcaster.

Luke said: “I am particularly interested in talking to students about maths and physics and the use of these subjects in everyday life, as well as giving students a tour of the helicopter and its workings."

Luke left TGS in 2008 to pursue his career with the Royal Navy and made history this year when, as the youngest pilot, he was chosen to conduct the first ever deck landing onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth in his Merlin helicopter.

Director of Sixth Form Ros Knapton said: “We were delighted to welcome Luke back to TGS, and wow what a way to arrive, landing his 15 tonne Royal Navy helicopter in our fields."

“It is wonderful that our past students still feel connected to their TGS family and want to come back and talk to current Year 12 and 13 students about opportunities after school. It gives them a great sense of perspective of how school develops them for the workplace.

“We are truly grateful for such a wonderful, unique and informative presentation and tour of the helicopter.”

Luke met Thomas Hathaway-Hogg and Elliot Coombes, who are already taking flying lessons with a view to joining the RAF. They spoke about Luke's life as a pilot.

“This was a wonderful opportunity to get close up and personal to a Royal Naval Team,” said Luci Davies, CEIAG, Business and Links Manager. “Students were privileged to have a tour of the helicopter and were encouraged to be inquisitive. There are many careers within the Navy and the 12- strong team demonstrated the many routes into the service. I am extremely grateful to Luke and his team for giving up their time to make a difference for our young adults.”