QE’s Combined Cadet Force: “first-class young men”

The School’s Combined Cadet Force is celebrating after a successful biennial inspection.

The Reviewing Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Alan Cliffe, of the Royal Engineers, commended the cadets’ “exceptional personal standards” and the unit’s “cohesion and enthusiasm”. He concluded his report: “Queen Elizabeth’s School is a first-class example of how cadet units can produce first-class young men. With co-ordinated support, I am certain that the unit will continue to flourish.”

The unit’s Captain, Mev Armon, who also teaches Biology at the School, was singled out for praise for “his inspiring personal leadership style and sacrifice, which, together with the School ethos, sees the cadets being given responsibility and developing very good leadership and military skills”.

Headmaster Neil Enright has welcomed the inspection report: “Many boys are involved in the Cadet Force; more than 120 were on parade for the inspection alone. It is very unusual to have such a strong CCF in a state school and it is gratifying to receive such a commendation from the assessor.”

The report was ratified by Army HQ Cadet Staff who wrote: “In terms of motivation, strength and in many other respects this is an excellent contingent, as evidenced by their enthusiasm and numbers.”