The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a voluntary school activity open to pupils in Year 9 and above.
Run alongside military lines – it aims to teach practical skills which are not covered within other subjects at school.
Army and Royal Air Force sections organise specific training relative to the Cadets’ choice.
Training within the CCF is organised and run by members of staff, the Officers, and cadet NCOs (Non Commissioned Officers) who are students in Years 12 and 13. Within the initial training, pupils will be taught practical skills such as First Aid, Self-Reliance, Map and Compass Skills, as well as an understanding of the military structure. The nature of certain aspects of the training necessitates that it is carried out away from school. Pupils have the opportunity to go on camps, course and expeditions.
Much of the training that is provided within the CCF meets the requirements of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The unique way in which the training is organised within the CCF allows for younger pupils to work alongside senior pupils within the School. The scheme has an emphasis on commitment, responsibility and teamwork. Also, the physical nature of some of the activities helps to develop higher levels of fitness whilst allowing members to do something that they will never have experienced before and may never get the chance to do so again.
Most find that by the end of their time with the CCF they have many fond memories and shared experiences that remain with them for the rest of their lives together with many life skills. These activities are invaluable experiences that will demonstrate pupil motivation and persistence for future CV and UCAS applications.