THE innovative multi million pound Ormiston Park Academy (OPA) is destined to be the first in Thurrock to receive approval for a Combined Cadet Force (CCF). The scheme aims to create 100 new cadet units in English state schools. OPA is one of the first.
This initiative spearheaded by the Director of Sixth Form and Cadet Officer: Lt Gregory Master-Jewitt, will help to change the fortunes of many of the young people attending the Academy. Mr Master-Jewitt said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the students from year 9 upwards to be offered the prospect of developing skills in areas such as responsibility, leadership, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance.” CCF contingents contain one or more sections from the Army, the Royal Navy, Royal Marines or the Royal Air Force, and promote the aims and values of the Services they represent.
The OPA Cadets CCF activities will take place after school. They will be provided with a uniform, parade on a weekly basis whilst receiving high quality military training in compass and map reading skills; rifle shooting and adventure training. As with the professional services OPA Cadets will have the opportunity to attend overnight 24 hour exercises and yearly central camp training in the UK.
In addition to the training the pupils will receive counts towards 80% of the following BTEC qualifications CVQO in Public Services.
In the past the CCF has been open to pupils at fee paying schools only, now it means all UK students will be offered the same opportunities to improve their futures.