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Former TTS student, Kim Hughes has been awarded the George Cross for bravery.

Staff Sergeant Hughes of the Royal Logistics Corps who is a bomb disposal expert, was awarded the medal after he put himself in extreme danger on three occasions to defuse seven IEDs (improvised explosive devices) as he cleared a path through a minefield to reach five wounded soldiers.

The citation goes on: “Dealing with any form of IED is dangerous: to deal with seven linked in a single circuit in a mass casualty scenario, using manual neutralisation techniques three times is the single most outstanding act of explosive ordnance disposal ever recorded in Afghanistan.”

The George Cross ranks alongside the Victoria Cross as the nation's highest award for gallantry. It is awarded ‘for acts of the greatest heroism or of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger.’ The George Cross is a plain, bordered cross in silver. The obverse of the medal bears in the centre a circular medallion depicting St George and the Dragon, surrounded by

the words ‘For Gallantry’.

Kim was amongst the first intake of Year 7 students when the School opened in 1991 and Sir Kevin Satchwell said he was overwhelmed when he heard the news of Kim’s act of heroism. He added: “We felt humbled in the face of such an extraordinary act of courage under the most extreme conditions in Afghanistan. As a nation, we owe so much to Kim and his colleagues who risk their lives every day. I remember Kim as a hardworking student who expected high standards of himself and always gave of his best. He had already set his sights firm y on joining the Army.”


and Congratulations to..

Ben Rose who won three out of four piano classes at the Birmingham Musical Festival where

he competed against young pianists from across the UK. He gained two out of the four Outstanding awards given out during the whole day.

Eye Opening Science

Hannah Hartley and Jade Buttery were overall winners of the Year 8 Science Fair in July with their project 'Scientific Specs'.

They investigated the most effective pair of sunglasses by measuring the amount of Ultra Violet light transmitted by a number of different pairs. They found that it could be a waste of money to buy expensive ones as the cheapest sunglasses proved to be the best! Second place project was 'Melting Madness' for which Katie Beech and Lorna Dunlop looked at the properties of ice cream to decide which lasted longest in hot conditions without melting. PICTURED WITH SIR KEVIN SATCHWELL ARE OVERALL WINNERS HANNAH HARTLEY AND JADE BUTTERY

Third place winners were Lewis Anthony and Inderaesh Atkar who investigated the effect of sweets and fizzy drinks on teeth using calcium carbonate chips to represent the teeth and measuring the mass lost over a period of time to draw their conclusions.

War Hero


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