Cadets receive berets at Brooke Weston Combined Cadet Force parade

The cadets march to the parade.
The cadets march to the parade.

Cadets were rewarded for completing their basic training at Brooke Weston Combined Cadet Force’s (CCF) annual beret parade.

Pupils from all five secondary academies in the trust form Brooke Weston CCF, which meets every Friday afternoon at Corby Business Academy.

The event saw cadets receive their berets and cap badges, acknowledging success in their basic training.

It was created four years ago as part of the Government’s initiative to introduce 100 of the Army-themed cadet units in to more schools.

It has now been expanded to create 500 units in total.

Brooke Weston CCF Contingent Commander Captain Matt Isherwood, who is estates and facilities director at the trust, said: “It was an excellent event.

“I was most proud that it was the students who organised the event themselves with the more senior cadets leading the way providing the instruction for the new cadets in drill.

“The event showcased the benefits of providing different avenues for the development of children through CCFs and it also gives them experiences that wouldn’t ordinarily be available to them in a regular state school.

“It provides the CCF cadets with opportunities to develop team-work and leadership skills through the use of proven military themed training.”

In front of more than 50 parents and dignitaries, promotions were awarded and the winners of the three major trophies were announced including Zac Cresswell of Corby Technical School who received a medal for his excellent shooting skills.

Cadet Daniel Johnson, aged 15, from Kettering Science Academy, picked up the Waterloo Shied for his endeavour and hard work during the past year.

He said: “Being a cadet has been brilliant. It’s a challenge but it’s one I like.

“The best bit was probably annual camp which was really fun.”

Daniel’s mum Beverley Johnson said: “I’m really proud of him. Being in the cadets has had a positive effect on Daniel and we’ve seen him become more confident.”

Cadet Lance Corporal Natalie Bristow, 16, from Corby Technical College, picked up the Most Improved Cadet award.

Natalie, who is also a member of the 422 (Corby) Squadron of the Air Training Corps, said: “I really like the different opportunities that the CCF offers. It’s been an amazing experience.”

The Best Army Proficiency Cadet Award was presented to 16-year-old Sergeant Pete Sammons from Desborough who attends Brooke Weston Academy.

He said: “The CCF has benefitted me considerably. It’s also good to have witnessed the younger cadets progressing and you can see them realise put all their training into practice on annual camp.”

Business studies teacher flying officer Tom Oakley, who is based at Brooke Weston Academy in Corby, said: It’s been a fantastic event welcoming the new cadets into our contingent and I look forward to seeing them enhance the life skills that armed forces training can offer.”