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Livia becomes Barney’s latest Lord-Lieutenant Cadet!

07 Feb 2024

Many congratulations to Sergeant Livia C, one of our Year 11 students and a member of the School’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF), who has been recruited by County Durham’s Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Sue Snowden, as one of her cadets for 2024.

This latest success marks the sixth pupil from Barney to be appointed a Lord-Lieutenant cadet over the last three years, an unprecedented achievement for our CCF contingent, adding to our five ‘Master Cadet’ accreditations over the same period.

Livia will support the King’s representative of the county when she performs civic duties. The Lord-Lieutenant appoints cadets to act as ‘batmen’ as she performs a host of duties that could include meeting visiting members of the Royal Family and presenting medals and awards on behalf of King Charles III.

She will be officially sworn into the role at an upcoming ceremony, having passed a rigorous selection process and impressing during interviews.

Livia said: “I am delighted and incredibly proud to have been selected as a Lord-Lieutenant Cadet, which is a massive personal honour. The values and leadership skills that the CCF has instilled in me have been invaluable, which will stand me in good stead for this important role.

“The opportunities in this role that I am going to receive, along with the many events I will be privy to, are very exciting, and I am looking forward to continuing my development at Barney and in its CCF over the coming years.”

This fantastic news follows one of Livia’s fellow cadets, Charlie H, being offered a coveted Army Officer Sixth Form Scholarship to the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst upon the completion of his studies.

Lieutenant Colonel Caroline Connor, Head of Barney’s CCF, added: “I am over the moon for Livia, who continually surpasses the cadet values and standards. This is the highest honour a cadet can receive and there is no one more deserving than Livia, who has been chosen for this position by virtue of her outstanding performance as a cadet, personal qualities and contribution to the local community.”

“Barney’s CCF continues to go from strength to strength and I am incredibly proud of all our cadets’ achievements in recent times. These prestigious honours are a direct consequence of the hard work and dedication of our staff and volunteers, who continually go above and beyond for the contingent.”

Well done, Livia!