Competing in Combat Cadet 2015
8th April 2015

Over the first weekend of the Easter holidays, a team of Sixth Form Cadets from Oundle School took part in Combat Cadet, one of the country’s premier cadet competitions. Combat Cadet is a competition between Army Cadet Forces (ACF) and Combined Cadet Forces (CCF) from all over the East of England.

On arrival on Friday, briefings were received, tents were erected and the trailer kitchen set up. The first day was a series of stands and the teams had no idea what they were going to be tested on next. As with the previous year the Oundle team enjoyed good results on all of the military stands including withdrawal from contact, First Aid and Section attack stands.

Day Two started early at 4.30am in preparation for the days physical stands. Over the next few hours the Cadets had a 5 mile run, followed by one of the largest Cadet assault courses in the country and then a scorpion air rifle shoot. Completing this leg of the competition was extremely hard, but all those hours on the rugby/hockey/ football field paid off and Oundle scored the second fastest time of the day. Special mention must go to Corporal Tom Jackson (16) who gave the run absolutely everything he had and commented after ‘that was one of the hardest things I have ever done’.

School Staff Instructor, Mike Williams commented, “No silverware was won this year, but there is a good core of Lower Sixth Cadets who will be around for another year in CCF to have another crack at the title.

This competition comes at a very busy time for the pupils with revision for external exams and I am very grateful to them for the hard work they put in.”

Contingent Commander, Major Andrew Mansergh commented, Combat Cadet is a great opportunity for our Cadets to compete against other Cadet Forces and to demonstrate the skills and qualities they have gained throughout their time in the CCF.”

The team comprised:

Cadet Colour Sergeant Will Fennell (18)

Cadet Colour Sergeant Andrew Watson (18)

Cadet Corporal Tom Jackson (16)

Cadet Corporal James Smith (17)

Cadet Corporal Ed Sugarman (17)

Cadet Corporal Alistair Taylor (17)

Cadet Corporal Hamish McLay (17)

Cadet Corporal Nico Lethbridge (17)

Cadet Corporal Charlie Johnsen (17)



Background Information on Oundle School

Oundle 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, its campus.

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 both physically 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. 

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