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Nine Public Services students from Cronton Sixth Form College went to the Royal Marine Commando Training Centre in Lympstone to participate in the “Look At Life Course”. This course is made up of a week of activities at the Marine Barracks which would test if they have what it takes to become a Marine.
Over the week, the participants faced gruelling challenges which tested their physical fitness To the limit. This included an intense two mile assault course and were given various tests, such as the bleep test and the sit-up test. Their mental strength as well as their physical strength was put to the test when the students had to overcome their fear of heights in order to climb and walk across planks or ropes over a 30ft drop. Their teamwork was also tested with various activities involving a team stretcher run, relay races and building shelters.
At the end of the week, the students received certificates upon completing the course and were told if they had passed the gruelling tests. One of the Cronton students received the highest grade possible, which if on the pre-selection course for the marines, would have given him an incredibly high chance of success.
Sally Cartwright said, “The students who participated in the Training course were a testament to Cronton Sixth Form, The Officer in Command commented that the student’s fitness levels, along with their determination and self discipline were exemplary. At no time during the week did any of students argue, quit, refuse, answer back or sit out of any activities, whilst the list of none participates from the other college grew. The students seemed to always be the first to volunteer when asked, and were a credit to themselves and Cronton Sixth Form.”