Following a successful thirteen years working alongside the MOD, Writhlington School were invited to put together a proposal to start a Royal Navy section, to complement its well-established Army Section under the Cadet Expansion Programme in partnership with Frome Community College.
Major John Price, Contingent Commander of Writhlington School CCF, began the CCF at Writhlington in 2002 with keen hopes of expanding the force with support from Executive Head Teacher, Mark Everett. Recognition of this dedication and hard work saw Writhlington successful in their application with the launch of a New Royal Naval section in January 2016.
Students have joined the new Royal Navy section along with students from Frome Community College.
Major Price said
‘We are really looking forward to working with Frome College. Our Officers, Staff School Instructor and students have years of experience and will be a real asset when it comes to nurturing a new service sesction and helping them build a successful and self-sufficient CCF like ours.’
Currently the section has 30 young cadets from Frome College and Writhlington. The Royal Navy section will train alongside the Army section on a Wednesday afternoon but will branch into their specialised training workshops including afloat training, scuba diving and many more.
Three members of Writhlington CCF staff have completed their Officer Training at the Britannia Royal Navy College (BRNC) in Dartmouth. Among those was S/Lt Amanda Stonier, who has also been appointed the Officer Commanding the Royal Navy section.
S/Lt Stonier commented:
‘I am delighted to have been asked by the school to lead this initiative and look forward to developing the section. Cadets will get to learn leadership skills & work towards qualifications in water based activities and I am proud to be facilitating these opportunities. We currently have several member of staff appointed as Civilian Assistants and hope that they will then progress to the Officers’ course at BRNC later this year.’