The Royal Hospital School has had proud links with the Navy for more than 300 years and a reputation for providing excellent pastoral care and academic support for services families. Often known in the past as the Cradle of the Navy nearly 20,000 boys (and latterly some girls) have gone on from the school to serve aboard HM ships from Nelson’s day to the present.
Simon Lockyer goes on to say: “During his time at RHS, Marc has completed every CCF camp and field day and attended the bulk of the adventure training camps on land, water and sea. He is a school dinghy instructor and dragon boat helm, and in June 2015 he joined a group of Metropolitan Police ‘Bobby on a Bike’ to dragon boat from the navigable source of the River Thames in Wiltshire to Teddington in London raising over £5000 for the St Elizabeth Hospice. For more than 10 years, Marc has been the Suffolk representative at the East Anglian Reserve Forces and Cadet Association and an active participant of the CCF Association and has been a keen advocate and supporter of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme in all his appointments. Through his endeavour and enthusiasm Marc has cultivated positive and lasting links for the RHS CCF with all the major regional regular and reserve units, and encouraged the development of camps in the UK and overseas. He has also fostered links with cadets units from overseas including most recently from the Royal Bermudan Regiment, who have a strong link with the Royal Anglians”.
Marc and his wife Sarah, who is Deputy Head (Pastoral) at the Royal Hospital School, will be retiring at the end of this academic year after 22 years. Major Jonathan Pooley (pictured left) has been appointed his successor as CCF Contingent Commander from September 2018.