The youngest members of Gad’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) have achieved a GCSE-equivalent qualification – and many are just twelve years of age!

32 cadets from years eight and nine enrolled in the new initiative which recognises and rewards coursework and field skills throughout the year. It provides a professional qualification on completion of the syllabus, set by UK based educational charity, CVQO.

The Level 1 BTEC in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship is just one of many extra-curricular activities provided by the school.

All year eight and nine students are given the opportunity to experience the school’s CCF before selecting to join as part of their GCSE options – and demand from younger years has seen the introduction of an after-school cadet club for new seniors and the oldest juniors.

Contingent Commander Major Lamb said: “I am proud to see the students achieve so much at such an early point in their academic journey. It’s testament to the fact that they have the confidence and support to try and succeed in new ventures away from the classroom.”

The Ministry of Defence will make a formal presentation to the cadets later this year.

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