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Army Cadets’ Leadership Potential Recognised

Published by Brentwood School on Monday 12th of December 2022

Two Brentwood School CCF Army cadets have been awarded the prestigious Army Officer Scholarship securing them a sought-after place at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

In their citation, Lewis Harknett and Scott Adeyinka were ‘recognised as possessing exceptional leadership potential’ and have secured a confirmed place to train as Army Officers with the Army giving them financial and career support through school and university.

Sandhurst is the world renowned Berkshire-based Royal Military Academy where all officers in the British Army are trained. The academy’s motto is ‘Serve to Lead’ and Lewis and Scott are already doing just that within Brentwood School’s Combined Cadet Force.

Miss Megan Swettenham, Officer Commanding Army (CCF) said: “Lewis and Scott have done incredibly well to secure the Army Officer Scholarship. The scholarship awards young people with leadership potential a place to train at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and later commission into the British Army as Officers. Candidates are assessed on their physical fitness, planning, teamwork and leadership skills. They also have to pass a series of interviews and write an essay as part of the selection process.

“Lewis and Scott have both been valued members of the Army section of the CCF and are now Senior NCOs leading the younger cadets. Congratulations to both Lewis and Scott on their fantastic achievement. The CCF and the wider Brentwood community is very proud of their achievement.”

Seventeen-year-old Lewis said: “I couldn’t have achieved this without the support of the entire CCF team who have helped me prepare. Without the CCF I would not have had the opportunity to find my passion for the Army and pursue a future career. I’ve really enjoyed the position of RSM and I look forward to helping develop the Army section this year.”

The scholarship, which is fiercely competitive, is an award of £3,000 in the recipient's final school year, plus a confirmed Army bursary, worth up to £6,000, if they choose to study a recognised degree at a UK university.

Brentwood School Headmaster, Michael Bond, presented the cadets with certificates, from the President of the Army Officer Selection Board, and Army Scholar felt badges for their CCF uniform, during the Senior School Assembly.
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