NEWS

JUNE 30TH 2017

Inspecting cadets in Heanor

The Air Commodore talked to a number of cadets on parade

The Air Commodore talked to a number of cadets on parade

Cadets in Heanor, Derbyshire, welcomed a VIP guest into school yesterday (29 June) for their Biennial Inspection.

Heanor Gate Science College’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) was formed as part of the Government’s School Expansion Programme in 2013 and has since gone on to welcome more 100 cadets into its ranks over its four year existence.

Cadets and adult volunteers pictured at the Heanor Gate CCF annual review

Cadets and adult volunteers pictured at the Heanor Gate CCF annual review

A special parade was held within the school grounds in which Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty was invited to inspect the CCF as a whole as well as the 30 cadets on parade.

Speaking at the event, Contingent Commander Miriam Watson, who is the Director of Vocational Learning at Heanor Gate Science College, said: “The CCF has been hugely successful since its launch and I am really proud of what the cadets have achieved to date. Being involved in the CCF has allowed students to travel to a number of cadet camps in different parts of the country as well as learn a variety of transferable skills such as improved confidence and time management skills that will benefit their future studies or chosen career path.

“I am delighted that Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty could join us for the inspection. The Biennial Inspection is a formal reporting point in the year where we are inspected to ensure we are following the correct training syllabus and organising the right kind of activities that will be good value for the cadets to enjoy.

“There has been much excitement amongst the cadets for today’s event with many of them preparing for our VIP visitor since the start of term. The cadets have taken all the time possible to rehearse their drill technique and ensure their uniforms are freshly pressed.”

Simon Worsley, Deputy Chief Executive, at East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association attend the parade. He explained: “One of the first set of new CCF contingents set up under the Cadet Expansion Programme, Heanor Gate CCF continues to demonstrate the positive effect that being a member of cadets

Cadets from Heanor Gate CCF

Cadets from Heanor Gate CCF

brings young people.

“However, none of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of the small team of adult volunteers at Heanor Gate CCF, led very ably by Miriam Watson who somehow juggles the responsibilities of being a teacher with that of volunteering as Contingent Commander and Flight Lieutenant in the RAFVR (T).”

Cadets on parade were aged between 12 and 18 years and are each studying in years eight to 13 at school.

"The Biennial Inspection is a formal reporting point in the year where we are inspected to ensure we are following the correct training syllabus and organising the right kind of activities that will be good value for the cadets to enjoy."