Eastbourne College is celebrating two top honours from the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, including a Year 13 pupil being appointed as the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for East Sussex in the Combined Cadet Force (CCF).

Cadet Warrant Officer First Class (WO1) Alexander Davies, 17, was chosen by Andrew Blackman CStJ, Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, for his outstanding contribution to his unit.

One of the highest achievements in the cadet forces, the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet is the aide and representative to the British royal family and the Lord Lieutenant, with cadets chosen every year from the regional cadet forces, and occasionally from the CCF.

Alexander said: “It is a great honour to be awarded this position. I’m thankful to my teachers and supporters at Eastbourne College and excited to support the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex in the year ahead.”

The College is also celebrating as Captain Phil Martin, Officer Commanding the Army Section and B Company for Year 10, has been awarded a Lord Lieutenant’s Meritorious Service Award for his exemplary contribution to the CCF movement.

Captain Martin has served as an adult volunteer in the CCF for more than 20 years, including various appointments at Eastbourne College. He is responsible for delivering a high standard and inspirational programme, while providing counsel to more junior and less experienced adult volunteers.

Captain Martin said: “As a volunteer in the CCF for many years, it is a great pleasure to receive this award.

“Eastbourne College’s Combined Cadet Force is close to my heart and I am so proud of the pupils we have had come through this programme and all the volunteers we have worked with.”

Anthony Lamb, deputy head of co-curricular at Eastbourne College, said: “We are extremely proud of Cadet WO1 Alexander Davies and Captain Phil Martin, both of whom exemplify the resourcefulness and determination of Eastbourne College’s Cadet Force.

“This is the third time in the last 15 years that a pupil from Eastbourne College has had such a singular honour bestowed on one of our cadets. Rarely, if, ever, has a school ever had so many cadets honoured.”

With almost 300 cadets, Eastbourne College CCF has one of the largest contingents outside those in military schools. All Year 10 pupils join the programme, choosing between the Army, Navy and Royal Airforce sections. Built on a balance between the core cadet syllabus and adventurous activities, the programme is designed to instil camaraderie and resourcefulness, with opportunities to develop teamwork and leadership skills.

Pupils can experience flying, sailing and four-day camps with their respective sections, as part of a varied and exciting training programme.