CAA Chair Visits Hurlford Primary School

8 February 2022

Sir Stephen Hillier, Chair of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) talks to the children of Hurlford Primary School in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.

Born and brought up a mile or so away from the school and educated in Kilmarnock, this was the foundation of everything he has achieved in his professional life.

An opportunity to talk about his career to date and to inspire the next generation to achieve their dreams whatever they may be was enjoyed by all.  Check out these clips from Sir Stephen’s virtual visit to Hurlford Primary School.

I found it interesting that Sir Stephen was just a little boy from Kilmarnock and managed to achieve so much including all of his goals and dreams. I have always wanted to be the aircraft engineer. He was speaking about not giving up and to keep trying. It really inspired me to keep trying to achieve my dreams

Hurlford Pupil

The pupils thoroughly enjoyed it and were inspired by Sir Stephen.

When he spoke about how determined he was to become a part of the RAF, it made me want to be a part of the cabin crew.” 

I found it interesting how he got so far in life and he was born and raised here. It made me realise that you can do anything, if you work hard.” 

“It made me think that anything is possible!” 

I found it interesting when he talked about the awards he got. It made me think that I’ll be able to achieve my goals when I’m older. I’d like to be an astronaut because…

…I’ve always been interested in science and space. It made me think I should stay in school and study hard and focus on what I want to do in my life. 

I was impressed that he was an ordinary boy and now he has been knighted by the Queen.”