Barnard Castle School welcomed a high-ranking RAF officer to Teesdale for an inspection of its Combined Cadet Force (CCF).

Group Captain David Jones was greeted by Headmaster Tony Jackson, Major Caroline Connor, who leads Barney’s CCF contingent, and WO1 Martyn Lewis, as he visited the RAF and Army elements of Barney’s CCF operations.

The CCF is a youth organisation that operates in more than 400 secondary schools across the UK in partnership with the Ministry of Defence.

During his visit, Gp Capt Jones observed cadets, which included pupils from Polam Hall School, Darlington, performing training drills and activities, culminating in a final parade and awards ceremony.

Major Caroline Connor said: “We were delighted to show Gp Capt Jones around Barney, which was a great experience for our CCF contingent.

“It is vitally important to go through these biennial audits, in addition to our own rigorous, internal inspections and regular reviews of our processes. We are proud to have once again passed such an inspection from someone of Gp Capt Jones’ stature.

“I am incredibly proud of our cadets, who always strive to improve and show great dedication to training and the overall CCF experience. Their duties within the contingent complement their academic commitments at Barney, further developing their character and vital soft skills.”