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The de Ferrers Academy Combined Cadet Force Go On Parade

The de Ferrers Academy has become one of the latest schools to join the Cadet Expansion Programme (CEP).

30 students have signed up to The de Ferrers Academy’s new Combined Cadet Force (CCF) unit which is supported by four Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAV).  Students will take part in weekly activities after school such as learning skills from navigation to first aid.

The de Ferrers Academy’s Principal, Mr Nick Holmes, said, “The response from both students and their families to the launch of our Combined Cadet Force unit has really been positive and we are confident that the students will benefit significantly, as will the teaching staff.  This scheme will help give our students the life skills and self-confidence that they need to take charge of their lives so they can reach their full potential at school and beyond.  I believe strongly that all students, whatever their background or circumstances, should have access to opportunities like this and I look forward to seeing the scheme enrich the lives of all those taking part at The de Ferrers Academy.”

Ashley Williams, the Contingent Commander who is based permanently at The de Ferrers Academy, said: “The Combined Cadet Force is designed to instill values in young people that will help them get the most out of their lives, and to contribute to their communities and country. This means students developing qualities such as self-discipline, loyalty and respect, strong leadership, teamwork and resilience, which will help them achieve excellence and shape their own future.”

The CCF Army unit at de Ferrers, which meets after school on a Wednesday, is in the process of learning drill and turnout in preparation for their first Remembrance Sunday parade in Burton upon Trent. They are being trained by the cadet training team and de Ferrers own Schools Staff Instructor Lt Krzysztof Budryk who has over 38 years of Cadet Force experience. He said, “With my time as an instructor in the Cadet Force, I have seen the benefit of the training that this new unit will provide to these eager cadets. It is a privilege to be part of this new venture for the Academy, and I look forward to helping the unit to develop and for it to grow in size, giving all the students at the Academy the opportunity to take part in the activities that the cadet force movement has to offer.”

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