NEWS

JULY 30TH 2019

New Award for Top Newark Cadet

Crown swords and Sir Andrew

Clarice with Sir Andrew, Crown Swords and staff from the school

A new award for the Top Cadet at Magnus Academy Combined Cadet Force (CCF) was presented last week.

The Sir Andrew Pulford Award for Excellence was presented to Cadet Corporal Clarice Dixon for being the best Cadet at Magnus Academy in Newark.

Clarice said: “I’m honoured to receive the Sir Andrew Pulford award for Excellence, especially from Sir Andrew Pulford himself. The CCF at Magnus C of E Academy has been an excellent opportunity for me to be involved with. It’s improved my dedication and ambition toward the future. 

Sir Andrew Pulford is a former senior RAF commander, who retired in 2016 after holding the post Chief of Air Staff. He attended Magnus Grammar School which became a comprehensive in the late 1970s and achieved Academy status in 2014.

Clarice concluded: “A special thanks to Pilot Officer Bradshaw for her faith in me and for all the all the hard work it has taken to get me where I am in CCF today. I’d also like to thank the staff at The King’s School who have supported us for the past two years.” 

Pilot Officer Michelle Bradshaw, is the Section Commander at Magnus CCF, she added: “I’m really happy that we could present this award to Clarice as she tries really hard and has achieved so much in her short time in Cadets.

“I’m very grateful to Sir Andrew Pulford for agreeing to put his name to this award and for presenting it in its inaugural year, an award like this is important because not only does it recognise excellence it also further demonstrates the school’s commitment to the CCF.” 

The Award takes the form of a ceremonial sword and winners also get a paperknife size replica of the sword, which they keep. It will be presented each year to the top Cadet at Magnus Academy CCF.

The CCF provides a wide range of opportunities to children which aim to teach them new skills which will benefit them for the rest of their lives. 

Magnus Academy CCF is part of the Cadet Expansion Programme which is a Government initiative to try and increase the number of Cadet Units in state schools. New CCF contingents enter a period of supervision under a more experiences one, Magnus CCF will become independent in September this year. 

The Sword was kindly donated by Crown Swords. 

“I'm honoured to receive the Sir Andrew Pulford award for Excellence, especially from Sir Andrew Pulford himself. The CCF at Magnus C of E Academy has been an excellent opportunity for me to be involved with. It's improved my dedication and ambition toward the future."