The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a youth organisation that is sponsored by the Ministry of Defence but is not part of the armed forces of the Crown. Contingents can be found mostly in independent schools, although there are some others not in the independent school system. The CCF contingent has a long and proud presence in the school and in 2011 celebrated its 50th year.
CCF is compulsory for all members of Years 9 and 10 and is optional for pupils in Year 11 and above. Pupils may choose to be members of the Army Section or the RAF section of our CCF contingent. The aim of the CCF is to promote teamwork, leadership, service to others and an understanding of the role of the Armed Forces. These aims are achieved through a variety of activities including military training such as drill, shooting, skill at arms, first aid, field craft and navigation; as well as adventure training such as rock climbing, kayaking and camping.
As cadets progress they may become Non-Commissioned Officers and help lead and instruct other cadets. There is a bi-annual inspection and an annual dinner each year as a celebration of the achievements of the cadets and NCOs and a thank you to all the members of the Armed Forces who assist us.
The CCF parades every Thursday. Each cadet will have the opportunity of attending a range day (if in the army section) or an Air Experience Flying day (if in the RAF section) at some point during the year. There is also one Field Weekend per term, an Adventure Training Camp at Easter, a CCF Central Summer Camp and a RAF Summer Camp. In addition members of the CCF can attend various courses run by the Armed Forces ranging from gliding to leadership courses.
Members of the CCF in the Sixth Form have the opportunity to enrol on and complete the BTEC Public Services Level 2 National Diploma. This qualification is delivered through CVQO and is the equivalent of 4 GCSEs.