New student cadets were commended on their enthusiasm and commitment after taking part in a foot drill during their first Combined Cadet Force (CCF) lesson.

The Gad’s Hill year eight classmates are the latest members of the Senior school’s contingent.  The 12 and 13-year-olds have begun a four year programme of practical activities, such as annual camps and adventure training expeditions, and theoretical workshops, which will result in a series of BTEC qualifications.

The cohort’s first challenge is to embark on a Level 1 Certificate in Teamwork, Personal Skills & Citizenship, which is designed to develop knowledge, understanding and skills that support their personal and career interests into employment.

Gad’s Hill’s Combined Cadet Force Contingent Commander, Major Mark Lamb, said:  “I am very impressed with how willing to learn our youngest recruits are.

“They listened well and worked together effectively, which resulted in a strong first parade and I am looking forward to mentoring them on their journeys to becoming fully-fledged cadets.”

Student Charlie O’Keefe, who joined Gad’s Hill five years ago, has been looking forward to becoming a cadet after hearing about older brother Connor’s, now in his final year at the school, adventures with the contingent:  “Today has been the best day of the new term.  I wore my cap with pride and can’t wait to be awarded my school beret in a special passing-out parade, which we will take part in soon.”

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