Emailed to applicable parents and carers of Y8 students who have applied for the CCF

Student Name – Year 8/ Reg:  insert

Cadet Force Interview in the Cadet Office (opposite A3)

As you may be aware, student name has applied for a place on the academy’s Cadet Force.  There has been a very strong demand for places so we will be holding interviews in school next week, to help us decide which students would be most suited. Over 55 students have applied and there will only be a maximum of 30 places so I hope you appreciate the difficulty of this process. We will operate a “reserve list” for those who are unfortunate the first time around.

Over the course of this week, students will be given their own version of this communication with the date and time of their interview detailed within it.  Please remind your child to arrive at the Cadet Office, opposite room A3, a minimum of 5 minutes before their appointment time; it will last 10 minutes and registers will be marked in advance so their timetabled teachers know where they are and why they might be out of class.

If students are successful, there will be a charge of £50 per year to cover individual membership fees.  This will provide them with their boots, water bottle and mess tin. This also covers the field trips throughout the year. The military will provide the necessary Cadet Force clothing which must be returned to the school when students leave the cadets in Year 11.

Starting in September, the cadets will train on Tuesdays from the start of period 5 at 13.50 until 15:00.

Cadets will learn a number of skills including drill, weapons and field craft. As mentioned, there may be opportunities during this time visit military ranges and some training on MOD ground; this will also include an overnight field day. You will be notified in advance when this is possible and when these are taking place.

An additional payment may occur if cadets decide to participate in a camp which is run yearly in the summer term, usually July. The cost is likely to be in the region of £80 to £100. We may also run cadet dinners at the end of Year 11 which may incur an additional fee. Not only do students learn military and field craft skills but many gain more self-confidence and develop their leadership abilities.

We think this is an excellent opportunity for students to broaden their horizons and get some valuable life experience outside of the classroom. Should your child be successful and be offered a place on the academy’s CCF, please let us know if money is a factor because there may be some support available.


Mr Jorge Pashler

Teacher of Science and Cadet Force Contingent Commander



Attendance/Absence queries to:  or 01473 466145
Complaints to: or 01473 466136

Exam queries to: or 01473 466108
General queries to: or 01473 742315

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VISION & VALUES: Westbourne is an inclusive academy. We support all students, regardless of starting point, to achieve their potential and develop the skills necessary for employment and life.