Ex-pupil returns to old school – in an Aston Martin

Former St Bede's Catholic School pupil James Kidd shows present pupils around an Aston Martin Vantage
Former St Bede's Catholic School pupil James Kidd shows present pupils around an Aston Martin Vantage
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A former student revved up a sixth form taster day with an Aston Martin sports car.

James Kidd, 24, who went to St Bede’s RC Comprehensive School in Peterlee, returned to the classroom to talk to current pupils about how he clinched his dream job.

Former St Bede's Catholic School pupil James Kidd shows present pupils around an Aston Martin Vantage

Former St Bede's Catholic School pupil James Kidd shows present pupils around an Aston Martin Vantage

James, who originated from Shotton, landed a top role as a product designer for Aston Martin after completing an engineering degree at the University of Sunderland.

Now living in Oxfordshire, James was happy to return to the Westway school to share his experiences with Year 10 students taking part in a sixth form taster day.

To help inspire the young people, motoring company, Stratstone, arranged for an Aston Martin Vanquish V12 convertible to be delivered to the school grounds.

Bernadette Morton, head of sixth form at St Bede’s, said: “The students loved it. It did look fantastic in the school yard.

Former St Bede's Catholic School pupil James Kidd shows present pupils around an Aston Martin Vantage

Former St Bede's Catholic School pupil James Kidd shows present pupils around an Aston Martin Vantage

“But, I had to tell the students they wouldn’t be coming in every day to an Aston Martin parked there.”

Mrs Morton said the school runs the taster session every year to give pupils the chance to see what life would be like for them in the Byron College sixth form.

As well as hosting the event for St Bede’s current students, they also invite pupils along from schools in the East Durham area who are interested in joining St Bede’s for their A-levels.

She said: “James gave a presentation to the students about how he got where he has. He came to our school and then went to the University of Sunderland and was employed by Aston Martin because of his passion for his subject.

“It is inspirational for our students to meet someone like James and just to know that you can do it if you really want to.”