Felixstowe Academy students are very fortunate to be able to attend the Combined Cadet Force unit based at Woodbridge School.
Currently, two of our Year 11 boys, Sebastian Froggatt and James Marks, attend training sessions every Friday afternoon in partnership with the Woodbridge unit where the Cadet Force, run chiefly by members of staff from the school who have a military background, is part of the timetable. Rachel Rudd from year 9 also attends the sessions but was unavailable for the Open Day and Inspection by a visiting Colonel, which James and Sebastian recently attended, during which cadets from each of the Armed Forces showed off their prowess at the multitude of skills and tasks that they have learned over the years.
All cadets work on the basic skills of signals, weapons and army knowledge, combined with basic fitness, drills, problem solving and shooting. Following this they can choose a route in which to specialise, such as drumming squad, signals squad or drill.
From next September, students currently in Year 8, when they move on to Year 9, will be able to take part and join the Combined Cadet Force. Fifteen of them will be invited to the Induction Day at Woodbridge School on 14 June; this information was given during Year 8 Assemblies before half term. Although James, Sebastian and Rachel belong to the Army Cadet Unit, the new recruits will have the opportunity to choose which service they wish to train in. As the name implies, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force cadets all train together at Woodbridge on Friday afternoons.
There are endless opportunities with the cadet corps for various camping trips, including going abroad on volunteering projects, canoeing, camping to name but a few.
James and Sebastian are already Non-Commissioned Officers, which means they have the opportunity to be in charge of platoons or teach basic training, ensuring that they can carry forward the skills they have learned. During the Open Day, Captain Andy Garvey made a point of saying how well Sebastian and James were doing and how we should all be very proud of them. We are!
Over the next few weeks we will be following up on other Felixstowe Academy students taking part in Felixstowe-based cadet units.