Major Mark Lamb

Gad’s teams up with local college to help strengthen cadet units in state schools

Cadets from Gad’s Hill School will work alongside new recruits from Medway University Technical College (Medway UTC), as part of a Government initiative to provide more Combined Cadet Forces (CCF) in schools and colleges.

The Cadet Expansion Programme (CEP) has delivered 100 new cadet units in state-funded schools and is committed to growing the total number of school divisions across the UK to 500 by 2020.

Gad’s Contingent Commander Major Mark Lamb said:  “Partnering Medway UTC is an exciting opportunity for Gad’s as it will be the first time we have worked with a college.

“One of the main principles of being a cadet is working in a team.  By sharing our experience, knowledge and resources, we look forward to helping the new contingent form and grow.

Gad’s continues to support Gillingham school Brompton Academy, after helping set up its CCF two years ago.

The CEP is part of the Government’s aim of promoting military ethos in schools; to instill values in young people that will help them get the most out of their lives, and to contribute to their communities and country. This means pupils developing qualities such as self-discipline, loyalty and respect, strong leadership, teamwork and resilience which will help them achieve excellence and shape their own future.

Ahead of the joint venture, Medway UTC Principal Dr Karon Buck joined The Mayoress of Gravesham, Cllr Greta Goatley as guest of honour at Gad’s Hill Junior School’s annual prize giving service at St George’s Centre, Chatham.

In her address, Dr Buck spoke about learning being much more than just lessons and urged the Gad’s Juniors to always be ‘curious’ and ‘resilient’ in all that they do, before presenting the awards for this year’s academic and extra-curricular achievements.