Saturday 14th March, thirteen RAF cadets travelled to RAF Halton to compete in
this year’s Air Squadron Trophy Finals. Having achieved 2nd place in the
Regional competition at RAF Cranwell in November, they had qualified for the
National Final, where the performance of two cadets was acknowledged with
trophies at the final parade.
team were competing against eleven other schools from all over the country in
seven activities - drill, shooting, fitness, RAF knowledge, command task,
aircraft recognition and shooting.
Jemima Burgess (17) commented, “After a
hectic Saturday evening polishing shoes and ironing uniform we were raring to
go. The team competed well overall and we were happy with our performance, in
particular during the all-important drill competition. Our flight was commanded
to perfection by Corporal Peter Anson (17) and the team worked in unison to
deliver a performance which received praise from the Commandant Air Cadets
herself. The uniform preparation was worthwhile as a few of us received 9/10 in
inspection; a 10 is almost impossible. The Drill is always very competitive and
we were pleased to come 5th.”
shooting team did particularly well, shooting at a DCCT (Dismounted Close
Combat Trainer) Range; this does not involve live firing but simulation instead.
The team managed to score an incredible 93/100 on their snap shooting which
placed them 2nd out of all of the schools. Corporals Hayley Harris (16) and
Jemima Burgess were two of only seven cadets on the day to score 20/20.
Hayley’s impressive grouping size earned her the well-deserved title of best
shot of the day and she was rewarded with a trophy at the final parade.
excellent performance came from Peter Anson (17) who achieved the highest score
(29/30 in 92.4 seconds) in the Aircraft Recognition competition. This was also
rewarded with a trophy during the final parade.
fitness part of the competition involved a bleep test. Lance Corporal Poppy
King (15) and Corporals Jaren Liu (17), Peter Anson and Jemima Burgess took on
the challenge and excelled. Jaren ran the furthest, reaching an impressive
level 11.7 which scored him 21 points for the team. Jemima reached level 9.7
which is above the female average. As a result, Jemima was named the highest
scorer, marking 25 points for the team. Other schools proved difficult to beat
with some boys reaching almost 14.5 and the Oundle team was happy
to be placed 5th overall.
Command Task, led by Jemima Burgess was a true test of leadership and
followership with a complex task put in front of the team which proved
difficult. The First Aid Team enjoyed the brilliant acting from the actors but
were in some cases unsure as to how to deal with the situation put in front of
concluded, “Every cadet thoroughly enjoyed
the day and we all learned and experienced a lot. We came 8th overall and will
be back next year - hopefully to try our hardest to take the cup from Kimbolton
School, the overall winners. The team would like to thank the members of staff
who helped us during our training.”
of the School’s Combined Cadet Force, Major Andrew Mansergh, added, “The performance of the RAF Cadets in the
Ground Training Team Competition for the Air Squadron Trophy has been
tremendous. Two things stand out: First, the preparation is all completed in
the Cadets’ own time, marking impressive personal commitment and a fine example
to all their peers. Second, the Cadets pushed themselves to this achievement,
it has not been handed to them on a plate. They arranged the training,
they led the training and they provided the desire and the leadership. It is an
excellent example of what the CCF sets out to achieve – developing leadership
amongst young people.”
Oundle’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
Contingent Commander: Major A.C.
Mansergh Royal Marines
Cadet Force is the largest single organisation in the School; numbering 460
cadets out of an eligible pool of 820 pupils. Eighteen members of staff provide
a varied and exciting training programme every Wednesday afternoon during the
term. Additional staff assist during the field weekends and holiday periods.
Success and recognition is achieved at national levels; in both 2010 and 2011 a
senior cadet was the runner up in The Duke of Westminster Award. Drawn from the
country’s best 200 cadets this annual competition is run to find the top
cadets. Oundle has produced three finalists in the last four years.
CCF comprises of three sections: the Army Section, the Royal Navy Section and
the RAF section, and is compulsory for all pupils for one year only (in the
Fourth Form or Year 10). All three sections have a common core of Drill,
Turnout and Skill at Arms. The RN Section then specialises in rowing, sailing
and power boating, the Army Section in infantry skills and tactics, and the RAF
Section in flight training. At the end of their Fourth Form year cadets may
leave or decide to stay in the CCF. For
those who wish to continue their cadet careers the options include remaining in
the Single Service Sections, undertaking NCO Cadre training, or joining one of
the specialist training sections: Fire and Rescue (the unit trains on its own
fire engine), Adventure Training, and Diving.
takes place every Wednesday afternoon with two field weekends, one in September
and one in April. In addition, every cadet will undertake at least one camp
during School holidays. These camps include skiing in the Alps, diving in the
Red Sea, climbing in the Alps and Scottish Highlands, as well as military camps
organised by the RAF and Army.
Oundle School Corps dates back to 1902, as the 'Rifle Corps' 1st (Volunteer)
Battalion the Northamptonshire Regiment. Since 1958, the Cadet Corps at Oundle
has continuously maintained all three Service sections (Royal Navy, Army and
Royal Air Force). Cadets are able to attend the many national camps and courses
available to them, some of which are aimed towards gaining qualifications (e.g.
power-boating and first aid) whilst others are aimed at developing leadership
and teamwork skills.
Information on Oundle School
School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about
90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the
21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent,
The School’s history dates back
to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers
and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar
School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided
the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants
of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In
2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of
Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.
At the beginning of the 20th
century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by
its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation
as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still
renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science
complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. The School is now
embarking on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well
as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the
Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the
development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering
and philosophically, enabling pupils to
move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the
achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports Masterplan will
upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years,
including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion due to open April 2015.
There are currently 1100 pupils
on roll at Oundle School, with 850 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the
Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day School for children
aged 4 to 11.