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Posted on: 8 September 2017


Yesterday saw the launch of the TPS Combined Cadet Force (CCF) when 15 students were presented with their Army Unit berets by Principal, Mark Marande.

There are CCF contingents in over 350 secondary schools all over the UK, offering students a broad range of challenging, exciting, adventurous and educational activities.  The aim of the CCF is to enable the development of personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline.  Each CCF has an educational partnership between the school and the Ministry of Defence, and the CCF may include Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army or Royal Air Force Sections.

Here at TPS we have an Army Section in the first instance, and we will be combining our training with an established Cadet Force based at Churcher’s College.  We intend to grow in strength over the next 5 years to become our own CCF unit, including all branches of the Armed Forces. 

The 15 students were selected from 45 applicants, and went through a rigorous application process including a written application and formal interview with the Principal, Mark Marande, Lieutenant Clewley and Lieutenant Tupper.  The CCF would welcome more Cadet Adult Volunteers who would like to be involved in the CCF at TPS and Churcher’s College.

Mr Marande said, “We are really excited to be launching our own CCF.  The competition for places was fierce in the first year, but we hope to expand numbers next year.  This is another example of the ways we offer an unrivalled student experience here at TPS.”