Old Palace joins Whitgift CCF in partnership

Whitigft CCF

Whitgift welcomed students from Old Palace of John Whitgift School, who joined Whitgift’s Combined Cadet Force in November last year. This is the first time Whitgift CCF have partnered with the girls' school, and as Old Palace is part of the John Whitgift Foundation, it enabled the two schools to form a co-education partnership in a setting outside of the classroom. Cadets have been attending every Tuesday as part of the Whitgift School CCF programme which will culminate in the Annual General Inspection in April, to assess the skills they have learnt so far.

‘Working in a diverse and mixed environment while having to confidently and clearly communicate your ideas with people in a formal manner, is such a great skill to have. The aim of being a Cadet is to be empowered with responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, respect and a sense of public service which I hope to achieve with the help of CCF.’  Shazia – OId Palace of John Whitgift student (Year 9).

The CCF is a Ministry of Defence-sponsored organisation where cadets learn independence, leadership and team skills, and experience challenges that push them to new limits. There are also many adventurous training activities on offer throughout the year, including kayaking, canoeing, laser tag, climbing and many others. A summer camp is planned to follow and as cadets continue in the CCF and progress through the years, there is also the opportunity to promote cadets for non-commissioned leadership roles.