February 26th 2014


A new school-based cadet unit is getting ready to experience camping outdoors for the first time this Easter.

The Dukeries Academy, based on Whinney Lane in Ollerton, has been working with Worksop College to set up a Combined Cadet Force (CCF) unit for the Academy, as part of the Government’s Schools’ Cadet Expansion Programme.

15 students and three teachers, who make up Dukeries CCF, will be traveling to the Lake District for seven days to experience a range of adventure training and other field-based activities such as kayaking, mountain biking, orienteering and pony trekking.

For many of the pupils taking part, this will be their first time away from home. Deborah Lagdon, Head of Year 10 and CCFInstructor at Dukeries Academy, said: “The camp will be happening a week before we break up for the Easter holidays. I know the cadets are really excited about experiencing the variety of new activities on offer and have already started preparing for the camp by learning how to cook on a Trangia and put up a tent!”

Group Captain Nick Sharpe, Chief Executive of East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA), said: “We are delighted at the progress Dukeries Academy is making to set up their new CCF alongside Worksop College. The school-partnership has been a real success to date with many of the young people involved learning new practical skills and developing their knowledge of the cadet force.”

The Easter camp will take place from 29 March to 4 April 2014.