The Whitgift CCF Annual General Inspection is always a highlight in the School’s calendar and this year was no exception. The unseasonably wet weather could not put a damper on the day’s activities. The School was delighted to welcome Old Whitgiftians, Brigadier Neil Sexton, to inspect, accompanied by Colonel Matthew Birch. Due to the wet weather the boys performed a splendid Guard of Honour in Big School, with smartness and precision. The ever-popular Corps of Drums featured as well, also performing later for the Beating Retreat on Big Side.
Afternoon activities included orienteering, obstacle courses, command tasks, tug of war competitions, Laser Shot gun firing, a climbing wall, shooting on the school’s indoor range and kayaking in the swimming pool. Survival exercises, camouflage and concealment and paintballing took place in the Copse. The afternoon was rounded off by a very spirited Platoon Attack demonstration across Big Side. The icing on the cake was the RAF Wings Parachute team jumping onto Big Side, provoking rounds of applause.
Brigadier Sexton rated Whitgift CCF as “excellent” and one of the very strongest in the country. He was full of praise for the positive spirit of all the boys, their team work, the vast array of activities and the excellent leadership of the older boy NCOs. He thanked all the parents for their support, the staff for their hard work on delivering the CCF programme and the very productive and popular partnerships with Thomas More Catholic School and St. Andrew’s CE High School.
In the evening, Brigadier Sexton made presentations to the Upper Sixth Form boys involved and also five recipients of Deputy Lieutenants Awards presented on behalf of The Queen, for meritorious service and achievement. All-in-all it was an excellent Annual General Inspection.