September 11th 2014


A new Cadet storage facility was crane lifted onto site at Heanor Gate Science College this month.

Heanor Gate Science College, based on Kirkley Drive, Heanor, has received a 6055mm x 9785mm versatile Cadet storage facility to be used to house additional uniform stocks, adventure training equipment and other educational resources.

Heanor Gate Science College set up a RAF-themed Combined Cadet Force (CCF) in September last year by joining forces with Repton School, as part of the government’s School Expansion Programme.

East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) has project managed the design and construction of the new building. Martin Capewell, Head of Estates at East Midlands RFCA, said: “The School Expansion Programme is an excellent scheme that allows young people to develop a range of skills and attributes alongside their academic learning. We are delighted that the new building has been delivered to the school grounds and is ready for the CCF to use from the beginning of the school term.”

Miriam Watson, Director for Vocational Learning at Heanor Gate Science College and CCF Contingent Commander, said: “The CCF is going from strength to strength in our school, with students learning new skills and experiencing new activities on a regular basis. This summer students had the opportunity to learn to fly, take part in low rope activities, go swimming and try out their leadership skills in a number of design tasks.

“The new storage facility will allow us to keep our adventure training resources in easy reach for our evening and weekend events. We can start to use the new space from the start of the school term so that is great news.”

The CCF is open to up to 36 students from Heanor Gate Science College currently and to date has received excellent feedback from many involved in the programme.