Whitgift’s Combined Cadet Force excel in their Annual General Inspection.
In April, Whitgift’s Combined Cadet Force underwent their Annual General Inspection, the pinnacle of the cadet calendar. The whole of the 300-strong CCF, including partner schools Thomas More Catholic School and St. Andrew’s CE High School, gathered in the afternoon for the inspection of the Guard of Honour and the Corps of Drums by Commander Chatwin RN OBE and Lt Colonel Birch 7 Para RHA, the latter of whom is an Old Whitgiftian.
Special guests included Old Whitgiftians, Ollie Stoten and Tom Morgan – the former a medic, Army Reservist and member of an expedition going to the South Pole later this year, and the latter a member of the Army Air Corps.
Following a successful inspection, the guests of honour where taken on a tour of the Army, Royal Navy and RAF members of the CCF, demonstrating their abilities in a variety of activities, including kayaking in the swimming pool, survival skills, orienteering, climbing, the obstacle course, and laser shooting.
Whitgift CCF Contingent Commander, Mr Keith Smith, commented, “It was a splendid day and even a bit of snow could not dampen the enthusiasm of everyone involved. It was very pleasing to hear such positive feedback from our two inspecting officers, who described the CCF as ‘excellent’. It was marvellous to have as many as 30 Old Whitgiftians back to help, and the cadets were a real credit to their schools.”