William Peck, a Senior Cadet in the School’s Combined Cadet Force RAF Section has won the top award in the Air Cadet Organisation’s Air Cadet Leadership Course held at the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell. The Group Captain George Cubby MBE Memorial Sword is presented to the ATC or CCF(RAF) cadet considered to have shown the best leadership potential during the four Air Cadet Leadership Courses which are held every year. Around 800 cadets are nominated to take part in the Leadership courses of whom only 200 are selected and the competition between those who make it onto the courses is very keen indeed. To be judged the top cadet out of so many is an outstanding achievement, especially in the light of the fact that Cadet Sergeant Peck is diabetic and dependent upon regular medication to control the condition.
William, who lives in Clifton near Nottingham, is in his final year at the Grammar School and hopes to go on to read Sports and Exercise Science at Loughborough University. In addition to his award of the Cubby Sword, he has also been judged the best cadet on the RAF Eastern Area Leadership Training course held at RAF Wittering; achieved Silver Wings (Solo Flight) following the award of a Gliding Scholarship; and attended week-long camps at RAF St Mawgan, RAF Halton and RAF Valley.
Sergeant Peck is pictured receiving his award from Wing Commander Bob Chalklin MBE RAFR from Headquarters Air Cadets. Also pictured is Wing Commander Peter Sergeant RAFVR(T) who is the Contingent Commander at the Grammar School. While Will does not get to keep the actual sword itself, he did receive an engraved miniature of an officer’s sword and a certificate as a permanent reminders of his success.