CCF (Combined Cadet Force)
The CCF uses a military-style ethos to develop and foster qualities of confidence, good character, integrity, responsibility, teamwork, moral courage, and physical and mental determination through a variety of activities. CCF is compulsory for all students in Year 10, during which time cadets complete the Army Proficiency Certificate – which consists of learning a variety of skills both of a military nature and general outdoor skills such as map reading. Year 10 cadets also complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award during their time in the CCF.
From Year 11, cadets begin to develop their leadership potential, and begin working their way through the cadet rank structure. The top cadets are invited to develop their leadership qualities even further through the Cadet Leadership Course. Opportunities are also available to attend various courses run through the MOD for cadets.
Currently, the CCF only consists of an Army Section. The Officer Commanding is Captain BA Dawe MBE who is supported by the School Staff Instructor Sergeant D Driver a former serving SNCO in the Army. They are assisted by a group of staff of whom have a military background or were former cadets having been either CCF, ACF or ATC. The CCF is also assisted by regular visits from a Cadet Training Team, made up of SNCOs from the regular army.
Lord Lieutenant Cadet 2016-17
Sergeant Harry Olive having served in the CCF for three years recently was selected as one of the Lord Lieutenants Cadets for 2016-17.
Training takes place on a weekly basis every Monday afternoon after lessons. Each term the CCF attend an overnight exercise – in the past few years we have trained on Salisbury Plain, Scraesdon Fort, Dartmoor and Woodbury Common. The members of staff work hard to ensure the exercises are challenging, safe and rewarding. We also attend annual summer camps during the last week of the summer term – these are voluntary and are always very popular. In recent years we have attend Penhale, Nescliffe and RAF St Mawgan.