Royal Navy Section
Our Royal Navy Section is run by Lt Commander Mark Smith and supported by Lt Laurence Mason. The training involves working on various seamanship and general military skills such as rope work, knowledge of the Royal Navy, leadership tasks, drill and water-based activities. Monday afternoons during the summer and autumn months are mostly spent sailing at Wimbleball Lake on Exmoor, only 45 minutes away from King's, a great facility to have so close to the school. The Fourth Form recruits start their year by having a taster of Naval life and visiting the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. They follow the CCF RN Syllabus which is divided into three main parts:
Part One The Individual (keeping of uniform, drill and leadership abilities)
Part Two RN Knowledge (knowledge of RN ships, RN history, RN customs, etc.)
Part Three Afloat training (seamanship, sailing)
During the Fifth Form cadets are encouraged to participate in holiday courses such as canoeing, climbing, first aid and leadership and complete an NCO cadre course. In the Sixth Form, as NCOs they help instruct junior cadets. Cadets can gain nationally recognised sailing proficiency certificates, led by Lt Mason, who is himself a qualified Dinghy Instructor. This gives us the opportunity to further the activity of sailing and prepare those cadets who want to qualify as AI and DIs. Overnight Field Days are held either at Wimbleball or at HMS Bristol in Portsmouth.
The school has a huge network of connections with the forces, and cadets are given various opportunities and invitations to represent the Navy Section (and school) at many events. In recent years cadets have had the opportunity to spend a week aboard our affiliated ship HMS Richmond and this summer three cadets spent two weeks crewing an ocean going yacht across the Bay of Biscay.