A rewarding day
CCF Biennial Inspection
Exeter School’s biennial CCF inspection took place on 27 April with the Royal Navy as the lead Service and the Inspecting Officer was Commander Katharine Armstrong (Royal Navy).
A scenario was set for the inspection in which Exeter School CCF had been deployed to assist with disaster relief after an earthquake in Ecuador, with all scenarios based around this theme.
Contingent Commander Cdr Geoff Chapman PhD RN explained this was a new format for the independent co-educational school.
“This year we ran the CCF inspection on site during the afternoon while the rest of the school continued with a normal school day instead of the usual off-site exercises,” he said.
The Lower Sixth all worked together on a table top exercise designed to develop their teamwork skills and finished presenting their solutions to their peers. The Middle Fifth and Upper Fifth rotated around a set of stances practicing first aid, physical skills and team-working in a practical context.
“The Upper Sixth planned and delivered the scenarios for the Middle Fifth and Upper Fifth and did a great job,” said Dr Chapman.
Mr Moon planned and delivered the Lower Sixth exercise.
At the end of the inspection awards were made during a formal parade.
Upper Sixth cadets: WO Ben Smith, CPO Kat Berggren and CPO Charlie Williams (Royal Navy section), WO2 Jolyon Rouse, SSgt Jake Kilmartin, SSgt Amy Dixie, SSgt Tom Aldridge, SSgt Isaac Tudge and SSgt Robin Edbrooke (Army section) and Flt Sgt Meredith Marsh, Sgt William Cockram and Sgt Laura Perring (RAF section) were awarded commemorative medals to acknowledge their outstanding service to the CCF.
An award was also made to Major Nick Moon of the Army Section to acknowledge his long and distinguished service to the CCF and the outstanding contribution he has made.
Congratulations to the new Heads of Section for the forthcoming year: Warrant Officer Bella Allan (RN), WO2 Hope Evans (Army) and Sgt Jessica Wright (RAF).
Dr Chapman said it was of note that this is the first time all senior posts have been filled by female cadets.
“Every year we make an award in memory of alumnus Jack Sadler who was tragically killed in Afghanistan,” said Dr Chapman.
“We use it to acknowledge exceptional service, commitment and personal qualities embodied by Jack. This year I was delighted to announce that the recipient is Flight Sergeant Meredith Marsh of the RAF section who has been an excellent Head of RAF section this year.
“The inspection went extremely well and the IO was impressed with the range of activities she saw which were planned and delivered by the Upper Sixth.
“My congratulations and thanks to all the cadets and staff for helping to make it such a successful inspection.”