Sunderland school launches own Army cadet training unit

New Castle View Enterprise Academy - Fusiliers Cadet Unit.
New Castle View Enterprise Academy - Fusiliers Cadet Unit.
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A city school is boasting a new set of recruits.

Castle View Enterprise Academy has launched its own Fusilier Cadet detachment at the school.

Castle View Enterprise Academy - Fusiliers Cadet Unit.

Castle View Enterprise Academy - Fusiliers Cadet Unit.

The academy, in Cartwright Road, Castletown, conducted its formation ceremony for the Fusilier Cadet detachment this month and the opening ceremony was attended by Brigadier Gerald Strickland of 4th Infantry Brigade, the Commanding Officer Fifth Fusiliers.

Heidi Mottram, chairman of governors at the school and chief executive of Northumbria Water, which is the head sponsor of the school, headteacher Janet Bridges, and the Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Councillor Barry Curran and his wife Carol, also attended the ceremony, held in the grounds of the academy.

Members of the new cadet unit then paraded outside watched by the guests and their proud families.

Brigadier Strickland said: “I am genuinely delighted to be here and see these young people forming part of a fantastic organisation and within this fantastic environment that is Castle View Enterprise Academy.

I am genuinely delighted to be here and see these young people forming part of a fantastic organisation.

Brigadier Gerald Strickland

“These cadets will achieve significant success and be armed with a variety of relevant and useful life skills.”

Mrs Bridges, who has been part of the academy since it was first in the planning stage in 2009, said she is thrilled with the cadet unit.

She said: “I’ve lived and breathed Castle View since 2009 and every day I’m proud of the academy, but especially today. These cadets will really gain a lot from this experience and gain vital life skills which will last long into the future.”

Academy head boy, Mathew Wilkinson, said of the cadets: “They look great and will be great, not only that they are getting really useful life skills that will propel them to success.”

Castle View Enterprise Academy - Fusiliers Cadet Unit.

Castle View Enterprise Academy - Fusiliers Cadet Unit.