PUPILS at a Whitefield high school could be set to get a taste of military life as part of a new initiative with the MoD.

Philips High School has successfully bid to have a new Combined Cadet Force (CCF) unit based at the school after joining the Cadet Expansion Programme.

The Cadet Force youth organisation operates in schools giving young people opportunities for unique, life-changing military themed activities including flying planes, completing army obstacle courses and learning to sail.

The project is overseen by dedicated staff to help participants develop life skills for the future.

Headteacher, Tina Owen, said the school is "immensely excited" about the opportunity, adding : "We have been welcomed into a great organisation and we look forward to offering life changing experiences for our pupils over the coming years."

The school's initial contingent will be drawn from the Army Section of CCF (Lancashire Fusiliers) and aims to hold its first parade in September.