Combined Cadet force

"Even though I don't want to join the army, I've loved every minute of CCF!"

Year 11 student

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The CCF is a youth scheme, the aim of which is to provide an organisation in School, based upon military concepts of discipline and training, within which boys and girls may develop: powers of leadership and the qualities of responsibility; self-reliance; resourcefulness; endurance; perseverance and a sense of service to the community.CCF image

The CCF meets on Monday afternoons, and there are also weekend activities and Easter and Summer Camps. The CCF is compulsory for all pupils in Year 9. Most pupils join the Army section, but there are a limited number of vacancies in the Navy section. Pupils in Years 10 and upwards may join either section, subject to vacancies, and again will be expected to serve for a full year. Pupils follow a progressive training programme, which leads to promotion and offers a status equivalent to that of senior prefects.

The CCF is run by six full-time teaching staff, supported by Naval and Army Training Teams, who visit regularly. All of the staff also have several Adventure Training Qualifications to allow cadets to follow a variety of outdoor pursuits. Cadets climb, canoe, sail, powerboat and take part in Ten Tors and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. This list continues to grow. Our aim is to provide safe, fun and exciting training for your children within a broad framework of discipline and self-reliance.

In addition, the Cadet Training Centre in conjunction with the Edexcel Examinations Board offer a Level 2 Vocational Award called BTEC Public Services First Diploma. This equates to 4 GCSEs at grades A-C dependent on the grades achieved. Cadets have to be age 16 before they register, but all work done in the CCF prior to this age is accredited. University admissions tutors are already being very positive as it shows that the Cadets have gained an award in their own time.

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