A school in Rutland has joined forces with a school in Corby to set up a new cadet unit that will accommodate up to 30 pupils.
Uppingham School and Lodge Park Academy in Corby are working together to launch a Combined Cadet Force for youngsters in school Years 9 and 10, as part of the Government’s schools cadet expansion programme.
In June last year, Prime Minister David Cameron announced a desire to increase the number of cadet units in state schools.
Cadet forces offer a broad range of activities and training opportunities for young people aged between 12 and 18 years, and are one of the largest youth organisations in the UK.
The first cadet parade took place at Uppingham School on September 9. The unit will be based at Lodge Park Academy.
Group Captain Nick Sharpe, chief executive at East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, said: “The Prime Minister’s initiative to increase the number of cadet units in the nation’s schools clearly recognises the benefits that being a member of the cadet forces brings, not just to the individual, but to their school and their community.
“The association is extremely grateful to those schools who have taken up the challenge of establishing a cadet unit and looks forward to working with them to ensure that students gain as much as possible from their membership.”
Lodge Park Academy is part of the David Ross Education Trust, of the David Ross Foundation.
Marcia Mercier, partnership development manager of the foundation, has been at the heart of the initiative.
She said: “We decided we wanted to set up a new cadet unit for our students to support their academic learning with other sports, adventure and team based activities. Students involved will have the opportunity to develop their teamwork, resilience and leadership skills as well as developing their self-confidence and possibly make some new friends.
“Cadet activities will include drill, field craft and navigation. A number of teachers and other adult volunteers will be running the unit on a week to week basis.
“We are all looking forward to getting started and developing our unit over forthcoming months.”
For more information and to find out how to join, visit www.eastmidlandsrfca.co.uk