Combined Cadet Force
The Combine Cadet Force (CCF) is part of the “Service and Skills” programme that operates every Friday afternoon. It allows pupils to develop self-discipline, responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance, perseverance, a sense of service to the community and leadership.
Pupils join in the Lent term of Lower Fifth (Year 9) and stay for two terms. For the first term of Middle Fifth (Year 10) pupils choose to continue with CCF or commence the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme.
The training on Friday afternoons is based in the school as cadets learn new skills e.g. basic fieldcraft, personal navigation and basic expedition skills. They also engage in initiative tasks as a team. Each term there is a Field Day on a local Army training area where all the cadets can practise their skills or enjoy new experiences such as completing an Army obstacle course or firing a cadet rifle if they have passed their weapon-handling test.
Those who want to make the most of their time with the CCF are encouraged to try the overnight exercises which are held after the Field Days, and Summer Camp where they spend a week on an Army base with a wide range of activities on offer. At Easter, the CCF runs Adventure Training weeks in the Lake District or Snowdonia for cadets who enjoy mountain walking, kayaking, rock climbing and camping out.
Good cadets who wish to stay on in the CCF in Upper Fifth (Year 11) take a Method of Instruction course run by Regular Army and school staff. Those who pass become NCOs (Non-Commissioned Officers) and take an active part in teaching the younger cadets under the supervision of school staff.
St Edmund’s School CCF is a single service (Army) CCF affiliated to the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.