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CCF Partnership with Academy

St John’s School has announced an exciting new CCF partnership with Southborough High School near Kingston, as part of the government’s Cadet Expansion Programme (CEP).

The scheme aims to increase the number of state-funded schools with their own cadet force units so that more young people can benefit from the cadet experience at school. The CEP is part of the government’s aim of promoting military ethos in schools, instilling values in young people that will help them get the most out of their lives and contribute to their communities and the country. 

As part of this scheme, St John’s will accommodate 15 cadets and three staff from Southborough School into the Army section of the CCF, providing them with the necessary training and field exercises. The School will offer weekends of extra training to the Southborough cadets, and they will attend the Army field day on 5 March. By Easter, the cadets should be at the same level as the St John’s cadets.

Ainsley Rawlings, Director of Outdoor Pursuits at St John’s, said, ‘Boy’s school Southborough had been looking for a partnership for 18 months before coming into contact with St John’s. Hopefully, this partnership will help Southborough eventually to set up its own CCF. This is the second time I have worked in a CCF partnership, so I have high hopes for the Southborough cadets.’

The cadets will join the St John’s CCF on Thursday 5 February, when they will take part in a parade day for the first time. St John’s looks forward to welcoming them and forming a strong CCF partnership.

Published on 26/01/2015

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