On Tuesday 26th March we were honoured to welcome parents/carers and some rather special guests to the Official Opening Ceremony of the CCF Marine Cadet Detachment based at Isca Academy. Following several sessions of drill instruction from Sgt J. Booth RM, the cadets held their nerve creating an amazing display in front of their guests and the inspecting officer – Commander Gavin MacDougall RN. Also in attendance were the Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Rachel Lyons, Commander Pennie Burne RNR and Moria Marder, CEO of the TWMAT. The Royal Marines Youth Team supported too, lead by WO2 Stuckey RM. Overall it was a marvellous afternoon and after the ceremony the cadets led a variety of informative activities which enabled our visitors to see some of the skills students have learnt over the past 6 months.
The CCF unit started at Isca Academy in 2018 and students have a weekly session where they engage in a wide range of activities including team building skills, campcraft, navigation, fieldcraft and drill. The unit is set to flourish with a large amount of interest generated for involvement in next years programme.
Aimee Mitchell, Head Teacher at Isca Academy says, “The school already has a strong ethos of providing opportunities to develop the wider skills and experiences of our students through our extracurricular provision. The cadet force enables the students to be part of a structured youth organisation, which is well supported by the MOD and strengthens further the school community ethos of high expectations and self-discipline.”
The CCF scheme is supported by the Royal Navy who believe the exciting initiative will enable pupils and staff to experience benefits, where cadets can develop self-discipline, resilience and improve their team building, problem solving, leadership skills.