Squadron Press Release

Welling Air Cadets were celebrating examination success in the BTEC in Aviation Studies when Mrs Khanna, head-teacher of Welling School, Elsa Road, presented past and present cadets with their certificates for the intermediate award (IA) and intermediate certificate (IC).


The cadets are alumni of the local schools: Welling School; Intermediate certificates to James RAINBIRD (19), Luke HARRISON (19), George WOOTTEN (18), Sammy SEELEY (18), Alana COPELAND (16), Sarah WILMOTT (16), and Intermediate awards to Charlotte BROWN (18), Chelsea BROOKS (16), Rachel WILMOTT (14); Bexleyheath School, intermediate certificate to Grant JONES (16), and intermediate awards to Samantha Franklin (17), Kirsty GAVIN (15), Amy JONES (15); Bexley Grammar, intermediate certificate to Christopher HOBBS (18); Cleeve Park School, intermediate awards to Reece CRANAGE (15), James LOADER (15). 


Mrs Khanna, praised each and every one of the students for their hard work and diligence in completing these academic awards, she went on the say 'With difficult times ahead, these awards give you a distinct advantage over others, both in education and employment, and every advantage should be exploited'. This is evidenced by the fact that at least one cadet on the squadron has been able to access further education via the BTEC awards he obtained at Welling ATC.


The IA and IC awards are completed entirely via the normal cadet syllabus and require no further study. The IA via the 'leading cadet' badge and is equivalent to one GCSE. The IC via the 'senior & staff part one cadet' badges and is equivalent to a further GSCE. As cadets are able to join aged 13, it means cadets below GCSE age are already one GCSE ahead of their peers at alcohol because of their normal cadet training. In addition to the BTEC in Aviation studies cadets are undertaking the BTEC in Public Service and in Music, with each giving a further four GCSEs making available an impressive ten non-school GSCE equivalents. Corporal Grant JONES (16) recently completed the Public Service BTEC with a distinction star.   


These awards cost £30 each, but have been funded this year by the 'Cadet Link' between the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers and 358 Welling Squadron Air Training Corps; part of the Lord Mayor of the City of London's initiative for the ancient livery companies to take an active role in the uniformed youth organisations across the London Boroughs.


Flt Lt Kris COTTIER RAFVR(T), the squadron's commanding officer reminded those parents present that 358 Welling Squadron Air Training Corps, one of the premium youth groups in the area was formed in the later stages of World War II as part of Elsa Boys School, and has been a integral part of the fabric of Welling and Welling School for over 65 years. It has formed a formidable reputation for providing young people with fantastic opportunities, winning the national Air Cadet Shakleton Trophy for an expedition to Peru in 2007, in 2008 ventured to South Africa, and in 2009 will be adventuring to Nepal. It has been awarded the Kent ATC Clarke Efficiency trophy for the past two years for its all round cadet achievement and this year won the Kent ATC van Beest trophy for Duke of Edinburgh achievement. It is hoped that the provision of BTEC awards via the ATC will herald an era of community cohesion between Welling School and its own ATC unit, 358 Welling Squadron ATC.


These opportunities are open to all, and make impressive additions to any CV. Welling squadron is open to children over 13 from the London Boroughs of Bexley & Greenwich and is presently looking for new members; further details from www.358atc.ik.com.




Mrs Khanna is pictured with the current cadets;

Back L2R, Flight Sergeant Luke HARRISON, Corporal Grant JONES (without uniform!),  Corporal George WOOTTEN

Front, Cadet Amy JONES, Corporal Samantha FRANKLIN, Cadet Reece CRANAGE, Sergeant Alana COPELAND

other cadets were on holiday, or studying for GCSEs, AS & A level and were unable to attend.