July 24th 2014


An event was held this week to officially open a new Combined Cadet Force (CCF) at Heanor Gate Science College in Derbyshire.

A number of parents and other invited guests joined Air Vice Marshall Routledge at the event to see the students involved in the programme, from school years nine and 10, take part in a parade to demonstrate some of the skills they have learnt to date.

Heanor Gate Science College joined forces with Repon School in September last year to set up the RAF-based CCF unit for Heanor Gate students as part of the government’s School Cadet Expansion Programme.

Although the unit was set-up around 10 months ago, the event which was held on 22 July at Heanor Gate Science College marks the official opening of the CCF locally.

Miriam Watson is a teacher at Heanor Gate school and the CCF’s Section Commander. She said: “We decided to set up a Cadet force in our school as this opens up a broad range of opportunities for young people. Being a part of the CCF supports students’ academic learning with other team-based activities such as sports and adventure training.”

The CCF is open to up to 36 students from Heanor Gate currently, and to date has received excellent feedback from many of the Cadets involved as well as their parents.