Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
At the start of their second year, pupils choose one of three full-year options: Combined Cadet Force, Sports Leadership or The Rovers (the School's mountaineering and adventure club).
The CCF training is planned with 'serious fun' in mind. Our programme includes: shooting, physical training, first aid, fieldcraft, navigation, leadership, drill, unarmed combat, watermanship, campcraft, climbing, canoeing, hill walking as well as specialist skills related to all three sections - flying training in the RAF for example.
The CCF is voluntary, albeit with a choice of only one other activity outside it. The 90 or so pupils who join each year choose between Royal Marines, Army and RAF sections, with the Royal Marines operating a selection system meaning each section recruits 20, 50 and 20 cadets each year. Pupils who opt to stay on are encouraged to join one of the Junior NCO Cadre courses on offer and generally prepare for NCO (non commissioned officer) service within the CCF.
Fourth Form CCF Camps Programme
Each year we hold CCF camps for our Fourth Form cadets; we hope each pupil will attend one of the various camps on offer.
Summer Central Camp and RAF Camps (first week of Summer holidays)
Royal Marine and Army cadets can attendy a military style camp based at Nesscliff Training Camp in Shropshire.
RAF cadets have two options: a Central RAF Camp or a Gliding Camp held at a local gliding club.
In the Fifth Form and beyond
Good NCOs are an absolute priority and their development continues to be the key part of our programme. We have introduced Cadre courses across the board and the core of this deals with Methods of Instruction and other leadership skills. We ask our NCOs to instruct wherever this is possible and try to give them real responsibility. Command appointments on exercises and leadership training weekends hopefully contribute towards a useful and enjoyable package.
Three annual Field Days are held, one per term with an additional voluntary weekend overnight exercise, again one per term. Summer and Easter Camps are held annually.
CCF Joining Notes and Parental Consent Forms
Please see our Parental Consent Forms page to download pdf files of CCF Joining Notes, the CCF Consent Certificate and the PARQ Form (which allows pupils to do military obstacle courses).