A TEENAGER who has started a petition to keep a school cadet programme running has won backing from his local MP,

Local cadet, Bradley Saint, contacted Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey after being told that the group at Astrea Academy Dearne would be coming to an end after forming in 2018.

More than 400 locals have signed the petition after the school confirmed the closure would take place due to the level of staffing required.

And the MP has been in touch with the military about the best course of action.

Bradley said: “We got in touch with John to help us talk to the wider school staff to try and find out why they made the decision to cancel the group. We’ve started a petition which has been sighed by almost 400 people so far.

“All we’re asking for is that cadets is reinstated. We believe it’s crucial for developing well-rounded individuals who are ready for any challenges they may face in their lives.”

Around 50 students have been involved with the cadet force at the school and a number of students were also on a waiting list ready to join in year eight.

John said: “I’m working with Bradley, the school and the military to find a solution for the local cadets that have been impacted by the group closing.

“The cadets involved have told me that the programme helps them learn important life skills and provides experiences that go beyond what is taught in the classroom.

“The national Combined Cadet Force celebrated its 75th anniversary last year and it would be a shame to see the group come to an end when there are so many young people in the Dearne keen to join and see it continue.”