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Harrow schoolteacher receives Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association top award

A Harrow schoolteacher, Captain Charl Weyers, has been honoured by the Lord Lieutenant for Greater London for exceptional service to London’s Reserve and Cadet Units.

Captain Weyers, from Avanti House CCF, has been named as the recipient of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) Best Contingent Commander 2023.

This award is a well-deserved recognition for Captain Weyers, who initiated the cadet contingent at Avanti House Secondary School. It’s the only state-funded Hindu-faith secondary school in London, and under his leadership, the contingent has grown steadily to a strong group of over 60 members.

The awards were presented by The Lord-Lieutenant for Greater London Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE at an Army Reserve Training Centre in Bloomsbury, Central London on Thursday 14 March 2024.

Captain Weyers, who has served as the Avanti Fields CCF Contingent Commander was awarded for creating and nurturing excellent relationships with key groups in the Armed Forces to enrich the cadet experiences at Avanti House.

“He has led, alongside his team, to become one of the key elements of character formation in the school with so many of our students aspiring to join the cadets as they see this fine group of students as an amazing and talented group of role models,” says Headteacher Mr Simon Arnell, in the citation.

“Quite simply, Charl has changed lives, students leave as the best versions of themselves, he has broken stereotypical views, engaged families who would always be slightly nervous of the Armed Forces, given staff opportunities outside of their comfort zone, been a role model, created role models, developed networks.”

On receiving the news of the award, Captain Weyers said: “The CCF offers life changing experiences that no other extra-curricular activity can match. It gives cadets the chance to develop personal responsibility, leadership, and self-discipline to name but a few. I am grateful for the support from the school and the Avanti Schools Trust to offer this opportunity to our students.”

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