News from The Kings of Wessex Academy

Air Cadets seek new recruits!

5th May, 2017 by Jude Owens

Two Year 9 students opened up the possibility of a new world to their fellow students with an introduction to the 1955 (City of Wells) Squadron Air Cadets.

Enthusiastic cadets Abbie and Jenni organised for their Flight Lieutenant John Blackburn and Flight Sergeant Rebecca Barfoot-Franks to lead an assembly to tell Year 9 more about joining the Air Cadets. Even if students are not considering a career in the Forces there is a long list of activities on offer. Gliding, power flying, map reading, navigation, rifle training, target shooting, camps, First Aid, adventurous training, as well as international exchanges to Canada, Hong Kong, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Closer to home, there have been trips to see museums, the police helicopter in Bristol and HMS Bristol in Portsmouth - and many more as the photos showed.

The Air Cadets are open to young people aged over 12 years old until they are 20, and there are currently between 30-40 cadets on role at the Wells Branch and over 45,000 nationally. Meetings are on Mondays and Thursdays from 7-9.30pm at the Harry Patch Joint Cadet Centre where the cadets undertake indoor and outdoor activities.

There is opportunity to gain BTEC qualifications and UCAS points, including in Aviation Studies and to use for the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme. It is also a great way to keep fit and meet new people.

Abbie and Jenni gave up their lunchtimes last week when they had a stall to tell students more about life in the Air Cadets and gave out leaflets with lots of fun problem-solving games similar to those on parade nights – with sweets as prizes!

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