Students now have the chance to join the Taunton Sea and Royal Marines Cadets unit. The unit, based at 40 Commando Royal Marines, is running a satellite detachment at the academy after school from 3.30pm to 5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, meeting up with the main unit once a month.

After months of planning, the new satellite detachment opened at the beginning of the year and is run by CSgt (SCC) Martin Evemy assisted by CI (SCC) Sarah Batchelor, who both teach at the school, which is fully supportive of the new link.

TS Roebuck-Taunton Sea and Royal Marines Cadets is part of national charity Sea Cadets, giving young people a new perspective to broaden horizons and create possibilities. Across the UK it helps 14,000 young people between 10 and 18 to see the world with confidence, gained through the challenge of nautical adventure and a Royal Navy ethos.

A spokesperson said: “Our aim is to help more young people to see the future that they want – and make that future happen. We are always looking for volunteers to join our team in a variety of roles.”