Combined Cadet Force

Belvedere are excited to be part of the National Cadet Expansion Programme, which aims to grow the number of cadet forces in state schools.  This is a Leadership Programme within a military setting that strives to develop qualities such as self-discipline, loyalty and respect, strong leadership, teamwork and resilience, which will enable cadets to achieve excellence and shape their own future.  Cadets will enjoy a range of experiences, which will include drill, rope work, Naval communications, chart work, afloat activities, camps and courses. 

We were proud and honoured to invite Commodore Philip Waterhouse to officially open The Belvedere Academy Royal Naval section in April this year.  It was an outstanding event, which saw Cadets receive their promotions, celebrated by Royal Navy guests, staff, family and friends.  The Contingent is the first all-female Navy Contingent in the country.

We were so lucky to spend the weekend down in Britannia Royal Naval College, in Dartmouth.  Cadets kept themselves busy during the long journey with lots of revision for their up and coming exams, showing cadet dedication to their school work as well as the cadet programme! 

It was a fun filled weekend in which we took part in so many activities such as low ropes, piloting a variety of vessels on the River Dart, piloted a war ship on a high-tech Bridge Simulator, complted drill on the world famous parade ground, went swimming and even visited the College Beagles!  At night, we all slept on HMS Hindustan, a Royal Navy Training Ship, which is permanently moored at BRNC.  It was a weekend that made a massive impact on cadets and officers alike and it can definitely be said that we all fell just a little bit in love with Dartmouth!

Well done to all of the Cadets who took part in our Afloat Day at Waterside Lodge in Southport.  We were so lucky to have fantastic weather and we enjoyed a great day on the water.  Cadets got to experience both canoeing and dinghy sailing and had lots of fun in the process! 

To show how Cadets does not just make a positive impact on the lives of young, but also on the community, we have joined forces with The Friends of Princes Park to litter pick around the space that we are so privileged to be able to use.

Cadets are always encouraged to access the very long list of camps and courses available to them, provided by the Royal Navy.  This year we have been fortunate enough to have a number of cadets taking advantage of these amazing opportunities, many of which culminate in achieving National qualifications in a variety of water-based activities.  The even better news is that the courses are free to access!  Have a look at some photos from recent dinghy sailing RYA Level 2 courses.


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