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A group of Year 8s and 9s from Mossbourne Community Academy and its sister school in Victoria Park paraded with the Coldstream Guards in front of General Nick Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff.
The occasion marked Mossbourne’s initiation into the national Cadet Expansion Programme (CEP), launched by the government to fund new cadet units in state-funded schools.
The two academies joined the programme in 2018 thanks to cash from the Honorable Artillery Company, giving pupils the chance to benefit from a range of skills such as teamwork and discipline.
Mossbourne Federation’s CEO Peter Hughes said: “It has been a tremendous honour for The Mossbourne Federation Combined Cadet Force contingent to have General Sir Nick Carter, GCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, Chief of the Defence Staff, as their very first Inspecting Officer and for the event to be held at the splendid Grocers’ Hall.
“I would like to express my gratitude to the Inspecting Officer, the cadets, many of whom will not have experienced or seen anything like this before, the CFAV staff, the Honorable Artillery Company and The Worshipful Company of Grocers for making this event so memorable.”