The CCF promotes and encourages the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness and a sense of service to the community.
The contingent was established in 2002 with an Army and RAF section, and is supported by the MOD as well as the school. It is a voluntary after school activity and allows pupils that join to experience an introduction to available military subjects.
All cadets take part in a joint service training programme following the syllabi applicable to their sections. This involves basic military skills during the first eighteen months and then advanced subject matter for the remainder of their time. At the end of the cadets first year they are expected to attend a CCF central camp (always the first week of the summer holiday) to consolidate the basic syllabus.
On starting Year 11 the cadets do an Instructional techniques cadre, and then work on becoming instructors to the younger cadets. At the same time as covering more advanced military subjects and developing their leadership qualities and skills.
There are numerous military subjects covered by the cadets from field craft and tactics, weapon training and safety, shooting and marksmanship principles, drill, navigation skills, obstacle course training, competitions, first aid awards, gliding and flying.
Incorporated into the CCF training programme are adventurous training activities such as mountain/hill walking, canoe/kayaking, climb/abseiling and skiing. The CCF runs a summer activity for a week (either in the UK or overseas) and its own annual ski trip to Austria during February half term. These activities are available to all cadets and where possible assistance is obtained from the MOD.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is offered to all cadets and they register for this in their first year. The CCF syllabus is complimentary towards the award and assists cadets greatly in completing the relevant sections, giving them a slight edge over the non-CCF participants.
The contingent has a variety of staff that hold National Governing Body and Joint Service Military leader/assessor qualifications that enable us to offer the variety. This also enables cadets to achieve National Governing Body Certificates in competencies from the likes of the National Navigation Award Scheme, British Canoe Union and Snowsport England.
Once cadets move into year 11 and achieve the age of sixteen, they then have the opportunity to attend courses offered by the Cadet Centre of Adventurous training (CCAT) where they are able to achieve Military Foundation course qualifications in mountain walking, canoeing, climbing and even caving.