Headmaster Major David Craggs was Drill Commander during today’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) lesson.

He led the Year 10 and 11 BTEC (First Diploma in Teamwork and Personal Development) cadets’ foot drill before observing upper 5th student Sergeant Major Hunt drill the remainder of the school’s contingent.

He said: “Drilling is a very effective way to instil discipline and foster teamwork.

“Listening and responding uniformly are vital skills when on parade. Our cadets are often invited to represent the school in the community and I am always impressed with the pride and commitment they demonstrate.”

From year eight onwards all Gad’s students have the opportunity to join the CCF.  It is very popular among students as it allows them to develop qualities of endurance, resourcefulness, self-reliance, leadership and responsibility.

The cadets take part in a wide range of activities, including annual camps and adventure training expeditions. Cadets continuing in the CCF in Year 10 can also obtain the BTEC First Diploma in Teamwork and Personal Development and a number of other qualifications to recognise their achievements, including the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver Award and First Aid at Work.

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