From classroom to command centre

Duchess School ICT students who visited the RAF Boulmer as part of their AS syllabus.
Duchess School ICT students who visited the RAF Boulmer as part of their AS syllabus.

PUPILS from the Duchess’s Community High School, Alnwick, knew where to turn when they needed help with their coursework.

They needed to look into an IT system being used within an organisation as part of their syllabus for the ICT AS-Level.

RAF Boulmer seemed to fit the bill exactly and Senior Aircraftman Ben Northwood offered to show them round.

The pupils visited the Control and Reporting Centre where they were given a brief on IT systems which are used across the whole of the RAF for emails and information sharing.

The students were also briefed on the UK Command and Control System which is the main computer system used in an operational environment to provide vital information for UK Air Defence.

Further practical demonstrations followed on computer simulators used to train aerospace battle managers, where airmen and airwomen act as ‘pilots’ who ‘fly’ their plane around the screen and talk via radio to the controller who is learning how to control live aircraft in a simulated environment.