Barnard Castle

Barnard Castle Student Selected For Prestigious Role

A Barnard Castle School pupil is celebrating after receiving a prestigious Cadet role in Country Durham

Barnard Castle school student, Sergeant Livia Cooke (Year 11), and member of the School’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF), is celebrating as she has been recruited by County Durham’s Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Sue Snowden, as one of her cadets for 2024.

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

A military boarder at the school, 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 activities that could include meeting visiting members of the Royal Family, presenting medals and awards on behalf of King Charles III and other duties.

At an upcoming ceremony, Livia, 16, will officially swear into the role, marking the culmination of her journey after she passed a rigorous selection process and impressed everyone during interviews.

She said:

“I am happy and incredibly proud to be 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.”

Lieutenant Colonel Caroline Connor, Head of Barney’s CCF, added:

“I am over the moon for Livia, whose unwavering commitment and dedication continually surpass the cadet values and standards. This is the highest honour a cadet can receive and there truly is no one more deserving than Livia. Her virtue of outstanding performance as a cadet, personal qualities and contribution to the local community makes her so very deserving of this.”