TWO former students of an independent school in Ascot returned to give current pupils valuable career advice.

Ben Viney, 22, who attended the school from Reception class through to Year 13, left the school to join construction company Laing O'Rourke where he was able to learn on the job and is now a planner on the Crossrail site at Liverpool Street Station.

Fellow former student Tom Slingsby, also 22, attended the school from 2007 to 2014, who trained to become a pilot alongside his studies, and gaining his BSc Professional Aviation Pilot Practice degree by the age of 20.

Representatives from the Merchant Navy, RAF, Thames Valley Police, the NHS and the Met Office also gave insightful talks during the career evening on Thursday, April 19.

LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe said: “As a school which focuses on inspiring young people to exceed their expectations and helping them grow as individuals, this was a highly successful event in showing students that there are lots of different routes they can take to the future, depending on their individual skills and ambitions, and helping them find the path that best suits them. I was incredibly proud to see two past pupils in Ben and Tom up on stage – prime examples of the types of students we have here and the character they leave with which allows them to go on to enjoy such successful careers."