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The School has received its results from the CCF Contingent Biennial Inspection, which took place on Thursday 1 October, and we are delighted to announce that the CCF passed with flying colours.
The Inspecting Officer for the day was Group Captain Mark Manwaring, who currently works for the Assistant Chief of Air Staff in Whitehall as the Head of the Release to Service Authority. First joining 338 Squadron ATC in 1979 (of which he is now President), he has over 35 years’ experience in the Royal Air Force.
After an inspection of the Guard of Honour on the Quad, GC Manwaring spent the day with various cadets, touring the School, and overseeing a parade and field gun competition.
In his inspection report, GC Manwaring commended the high quality of cadets and staff, and the confidence in which the CCF endows upon its personnel. He commented, ‘During a full programme of activities, the CCF Contingent proved to be a central part of the fabric of St John’s with full support evident at all levels, from Headmaster to pupils.
‘Activities and lectures are run to a very high standard by cadet NCOs; moreover, the high rate of post-mandated cadet membership clearly demonstrates the aspirational exposure during their first year and subsequent desire to succeed the NCOs whom they look up to. The confidence and ability to engage with their seniors was also highly evident in those who hosted and guided me throughout the day.’
GC Manwaring also praised St John’s staff in his report, applauding their enthusiasm and example. He added, ‘Although I would not normally single-out individuals, I feel a mention for Lt Col Rawlings, Wg Cdr Gould and WO2 Vine is particularly justified. These individuals are the glue that holds this impressive unit together, and I would like to congratulate them on a job well done. In sum, a well conducted Biennial Inspection by a very professional Contingent.’
Further images of the day are available in the CCF Contingent Biennial Inspection photo gallery.
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