Combined Cadet Force – CCF
The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a Ministry of Defence sponsored youth organisation in the UK. Its aim is to provide a disciplined organisation in a school so that students may develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance. It is not a pre-service organisation, although it acknowledges that one of its objectives is to encourage those who have an interest in the services to become Officers of the Regular or Reserve Forces.
Our cadets are members of Haileybury CCF. We visit Haileybury every Wednesday afternoon and take part in training sessions alongside Haileybury students. These sessions can focus on anything from, drill to weapons handling; from command tasks to fitness tests; from camouflage and concealment to CQB attack lanes. Sessions encourage leadership, team building and problem solving skills, whilst also being engaging and fun.
Training takes place in a mixture of environments and cadets can get very muddy, very wet, but always keep smiling. Sessions are mostly led by experienced Sixth Former students who have been on external leadership training courses, which our students have full access to if they wish.
Each year our cadets lead the school’s Armistice Day commemoration. Our whole school community marks the two-minute silence at 11.00am together on the astroturf. The opportunity to reflect on those lost in conflicts protecting our British values is very important for our school community. This is a very proud occasion for our school.
Students are able to apply for the cadet programme after the Easter break in Year 9.
If you wish to sign up please see Lieutenant Megaw.