Barr Beacon School’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) proudly showcased their skills at their first Biennial Review.

The review took place at the Defence Training Estate’s Swynnerton Camp in Staffordshire and saw the cadets take part in a number of activities such as first aid, rifle training, radio and cyber training.  Despite the damp weather the cadets embraced their activities and were keen to show the Inspecting Officer, Air Vice Marshall Russell, everything they had learnt so far.  To end their review their cadets took part in a parade led by Flight Lieutenant Muller.

The school is one of a number of educational establishments which falls under the Matrix Academy Trust, and their RAF Air Cadets CCF was formed under the Cadet Expansion Programme.  They first started parading in September 2017 with 42 cadets and now boast a large contingent of 70 cadets.

Some of the amazing experiences their cadets have had the opportunity to take part in with their CCF include flying and gliding, and all of their cadets have been camping with 24 hour ration packs.  They have also been able to visit the Tactical Supply Wing at MOD Stafford, the National Police Air Service in Birmingham and the RAF Museum in Cosford.  Seven of their cadets are also due to attend their first annual camp at RAF Lossiemouth.

A strong relationship with Staffordshire Wing Air Training Corps has also benefited the CCF with help and support for drill instruction and weapon training.

Dame Maureen Brennan, CEO of Matrix Academy Trust commented: “At Matrix Academy Trust we aim to give our pupils a wide range of opportunities so we registered to be involved in the Cadet Expansion Programme.  Involvement in the CCF has meant far more than flying a plane for the first time or increasing endurance levels.  Our cadets are now more confident than they were, less risk averse and far more resilient than previously.  Cadet membership has enhanced their physical and social skills in ways that had not been anticipated.  It has been rewarding to watch the contingents develop in all our schools and see what a significant contribution membership has made to our pupil’s well-being.

“The support available from the centre is on time and efficient.   Staff involvement has increased and our SSI provides great support to our pastoral system.

“I would recommend it without any reservation.   Having just watched our first biennial review I felt proud to be part of the Cadet Expansion Programme.”

To find out more about the Combined Cadet Forces and the Cadet Expansion Programme visit our web page here.