Members of the Combined Cadet Force at Gordon’s School welcomed Wing Commander Martin Larwood-Hughes this week to review their Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force Sections for the Biennial Inspection.
Wing Commander Larwood-Hughes head of the Combined Cadet Force (RAF) branch of the Air Cadets inspected a parade of the cadets, accompanied by the school’s Pipes and Drums.
Afterwards he visited a number of training stands to see the school’s tri-service cadets in action.
Navy cadets were in the swimming pool practising their watermanship skills, while Army cadets put on a display of target shooting in the School’s indoor shooting range.
Gordonian, Corporal Michael Van-Santen and his colleague Corporal Robert Dolphin from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers brought military vehicles from the Regular Army to show to the Cadets.
The Royal Air Force Cadets demonstrated their prowess at the helm of an aeroplane as they practiced their flying skills on the school’s new flight simulator. They also enjoyed rations cooked over an open fire.
The Army Section carried out a display of section battle drills, weapon handling and command tasks.
CCF forms an important part of the School’s Co-Curriculum programme with all students joining in Year 10 for the weekly activities. They can continue in the CCF during Years 11, 12 and 13 on a voluntary basis and all are encouraged to take part in the field training days and weekends as well as annual camps.
The role of the CCF at Gordon’s in West End, Woking, is to provide students with the opportunity to develop their powers of leadership, self-reliance and resourcefulness.
Afterwards, Wing Commander Larwood-Hughes: “What a fabulous day reviewing the CCF. I was treated to a fantastic opening parade, then following an excellent lunch I watched lots of activities. Well done Gordon’s, you did your school proud.”