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Cadet force first set for Ormiston
8:00am Sunday 7th April 2013 in News
AN ACADEMY in Thurrock is set to become one of the first in the country to get its own cadet unit.
Ormiston Park, in Nethan Drive, Aveley, has received approval for a Combined Cadet Force, a partnership between the school and the Ministry of Defence, meaning pupils can join the cadets through the school, often leading to careers in the Army, RAF or Navy.
In the past, the opportunity to join Combined Cadet Forces has only been offered to pupils attending fee-paying or grammar schools.
The Ormiston initiative is being co-ordinated by director of sixth form and cadet officer Lt Gregory Master-Jewitt and intends to instill in pupils the aims and values of the Armed Forces.
The school will offer sections from the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Airforce and Royal Marines.
Taking place after school, cadets will be provided with a uniform and parade on a weekly basis, receiving military training in compass and map reading skills, rifle shooting and adventure training.
While joining the cadets is ordinarily extra-curricular, the training pupils gain will count towards 80 per cent of a CVQO in public services.
Mr Master-Jewitt said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 9 upwards to be offered the prospect of developing skills in areas such as responsibility, leadership, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance.”
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