RAF Brize Norton is hoping to inspire secondary school pupils to get involved in science and engineering through a new collaboration.

The air base has joined up with nearby Carterton Community College to produce a 'STEM Partnership Plan 2019-20', which will support students in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The programme, which was instigated by Witney MP Robert Courts, will include 'bespoke challenges', assemblies focusing on the STEM subjects and careers taster days.

Brize's work with the college will be led by wing commander Sean O'Sullivan, through the Whole Force mentoring initiative.

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Chris Hart, Carterton Community College headteacher, said: “This is about positive impact and life-changing moments. This programme will help us inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians that will help lead and shape the future of our country.”

Mr Courts added: “RAF Brize Norton is so important to Carterton and by fostering a close relationship between the Station and the College we can ensure they further benefit Carterton in the years ahead by inspiring its young people and offering high-skilled training and employment opportunities."