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Lucton’s Results

100% GCSE Passes
in the Separate
with 72%
being A* to A

CCF and Duke of Edinburgh Award, Lucton School

CCF and Duke of Edinburgh Award

The school works closely with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in what is described as an ’Educational Partnership’ within the School.  Cadets at Lucton receive comprehensive training, ranging from first aid, adventure training, map and compass to skill at arms.   

The overall aim is to develop teamwork, self-reliance, confidence and leadership skills.  As well as weekly parades, there is regular weekend training either in school or on MOD training areas which, together with a week-long,  annual camp, allow for significantly more in-depth training.

Cadets can join the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme in Year 10.

Contingent Commander Maj C Derrigan
Contingent SSI WO1 R Brown

Lucton CCF Annual Report 2016, by our Contingent Commander, Major Craig Derrigan - A year in the life of the Lucton School Cadet Company (CCF). 

The past year has gone so quickly, the Contingent has grown again and we are now at full capacity, with our cadets continuing to take full advantage of the opportunities the CCF at Lucton School has to offer. Their enthusiasm is outstanding and infectious!

This year has seen a new School Staff Instructor in post, Staff Sergeant Richard Brown an Ex Royal Engineer with a mountain of experience. SSgt Brown has been in post since January and has quickly found his feet and become an integral part of the CCF team.

The Contingent’s Annual Dinner was held in December, with this year’s Guest Speaker being Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Hitchman TD RA from 11 Signal and West Midlands Brigade, along with the Head of Governors Mr David Llewellyn. The evening started with a small reception for staff and senior cadets, before an outstanding meal in the Queen Anne dining room to well over a hundred cadets, staff and guests. During the evening a number of awards were presented by our guest Lt Col Hitchman, including best recruit to Cdt Pillidge along with best shot to LCpl Cuningham.

The Duke of Edinburgh awards continues to grow within the CCF, with Years 10 and 11 working hard to gain their Bronze and Silver awards this year. The cadets enjoyed challenging practice expeditions over the Long Mynd in the autumn term, taking in the areas stunning views and wildlife, before taking part in qualifying expeditions along the Golden Valley this summer, in some torrential downpours! They did extremely well to keep their spirits up during tough conditions.   

The contingent has enjoyed two excellent field training weekends at Nesscliffe this year. The first weekend was spent in camp taking part in team activates like shooting, drill, the assault course and the climbing tower. This was followed by a very challenging night navigation exercise. The second weekend was spent in the field defending two locations from enemy attack, before taking the fight to the enemy using ambushes and an advance to contact exercise with four section attacks, before the contingent regrouped and carried out a platoon attack on the final enemy position. A massive thank you must go to Oswestry School who came along and played enemy for us. The cadets worked hard, had a lot of fun and made some great improvements in several key skill areas.

CSM Megan Griffiths and LCpl Josh Saunders were two of sixty cadets from across the UK who attended the National Cadet Leadership course at Nesscliffe. This was held over a week and proved very challenging for the cadets that took part. Many new skills were learnt and put to the test, including direct fire missions and fighting in wooded areas.

Year 8 cadets had a fantastic 3 day package at Oakerwood again this year. The first day was spent learning the importance of team work using the high rope course, before learning basic field skills such as cooking in the field and basic patrolling skills. The cadets then spent their first night in the field under the stars in their own bashas.

Yet again this year, we are very proud to have had a Lucton cadet chosen as the CCF Lord Lieutenant’s cadet for Herefordshire, Sgt Anna Patterson was awarded this honour at a special ceremony by Lady Darnley in Hereford. Anna has been kept very busy as Lord Lieutenant’s cadet attending many functions with Lady Darnley and even selected to escort Princes Anne around the Royal Three Counties Show.

The First Aid teams have worked very hard again this year, attending the 11 Signal and West Midlands Brigade First Aid Competition. The teams performed impeccably taking an outstanding first and second place in the competition! The winning team was LCpl Poppy Perry, LCpl Maddie Lewis, LCpl Josh Turnbull and LCpl Jack Buttery, with Poppy and Maddie being promoted to Lance Corporal on the strength of their commitment and performance. The runners up team was led by LCpl Joe Lund and consisted of Cdt Alice Cunningham, Cdt Kate Carpenter and Cdt Lucia Portocarero. Sgt Anna Patterson was awarded the highest score for the senior team competition and attained second place overall along with LCpl Ellie Mae Davies-Bufton, while LCpl Poppy Perry and LCpl Maddie Lewis attained the joint highest score for the junior competition. What a great achievement by all the cadets involved!

We had 27 Cadets attend this year’s Annual Camp hosted by our own Brigade and it was extremely successful this year. The students all really enjoyed themselves and they certainly had a packed week, involving shooting on short and long firing ranges, attending a wide range of stands where they learnt and practiced skills such as vehicle check points, moving with weapons, sweeping for land mines and clearing buildings. The week culminated in an exciting exercise on Thursday, which allowed them to use many of the skills they had learnt throughout the week, and was so exciting as to make other contingents quite envious! The cadets were so outstanding that several promotions were made: Josh Turnbull made Corporal; Ben Davies made Sergeant; and Ella Pillidge, Lucia Portocarero and Sophie Woodfield all made Lance Corporal, with special commendations for Aaron Powell and Ellie Nicholson. Archie Brown won best long range shot of the week, and Archie and Josh Turnbull both achieved first class when firing the GP rifle.

Once again the Contingent has received outstanding support from the Brigade Cadet Training Team, The Board of Governors and above all the Head Mistress, Mrs Thorne to whom we would like to express out thanks. The cadets have worked immensely hard and their enthusiasm and drive to succeed is an inspiration to us all!

Major Craig Derrigan
Contingent Commander


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