The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) has three sections: Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force. It is entirely voluntary and we encourage pupils to enrol as a cadet in Year 9. Each of the sections has its own character although there is significant overlap in much of the training which focuses on the development of team work, self-reliance, initiative and leadership.
All cadets gain experience in expedition skills and First Aid training and some will use this as part of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards in Years 10 and 11. There are opportunities for the Royal Navy cadets to be involved in sailing, the Royal Air Force cadets to fly and the Army cadets to take part in field craft exercises. The school also has its own climbing wall which is used by cadets from all sections.
During the Easter holiday there is a tri-service Adventure Training camp and in recent years this has taken place in Cornwall. Cadets are encouraged to take part in activities such as walking, canoeing, climbing, coasteering and caving. Each section also runs a Summer Camp, normally during the first week of the holiday, where the training programme will more closely reflect the character of the different services.
The prestigious Ten Tors Challenge event on Dartmoor is popular with our strongest walkers, and competition for places is fierce. We field teams for the 35 mile (Year 10), 45 mile (Year 12) routes and on occasion we have put forward a 55 mile team from Year 13. Throughout, the aim is for cadets to gain skills and experiences to the point that in Year 13 the senior pupils are running the programme and delivering the training, supported by the section officers.