Combined Cadet Force

Our Combined Cadet Force is sponsored by the Ministry of Defence and the Department of Education. The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is recognised as a first class, extracurricular activity. It provides opportunities to exercise and learn leadership skills in a disciplined environment.

Our Combined Cadet Force is an Army section. It is affiliated with the Clifton, Salford Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). REME embodies the ethos of the soldier/tradesman. As a part of a Corps forged on the battlefield, they keep the steel in the Army’s artillery.

Through structured, adventurous activities, cadets take responsibility to live the Co-op Values. This experience lets cadet to develop a sense of service to their country and community. They are true champions and ambassadors of ‘British Values’ within the school.

The CCF offers students an opportunity to develop a wide-range of relationships. They build new friendships and work together to take on new challenges. Whatever academic ability, the CCF provides a unique opportunity for all to shine.

Very few schools offer this opportunity to their pupils, we are very proud that we do.


The CCF contingent offers our students a unique and broad range of activities, such as:

  • Adventure Training;
  • Leadership;
  • Marksmanship;
  • Drill;
  • Community work;
  • First Aid;
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award;
  • Expeditions;
  • Field Craft;
  • Summer Camps.

The Combined Cadet Force is good for personal development for our students.

Cadet Unit Staff

Cadet Leaders and the Contingent Commander each hold the Queen’s Commission as CCF Officers. They work under the guidance of our assigned Army Cadet Instructor.

To discuss the CCF in more details please contact any of the following Cadet team

  • Contingent Commander – 2Lt Bawden
  • Cadet Leader – 2Lt Richards
  • Cadet Leader – 2Lt Green
  • Cadet Leader – 2Lt Johnson
  • Army Cadet Trainer – Sgt Sarginson
  • Head of Cadets: Mr Mangas.


Joining the CCF is voluntary. You are not expected or encouraged to pursue a military career. But, if this is something that you are considering, it will provide a fantastic first step.

Cadet begins in Year 8 and 9 and extends throughout their time with us and post-16.

A Pre-Cadet recruitment programme also begins in the summer term of Year 7.


The CCF Cadets parade on a Tuesday afternoon as an extra-curricular activity, from 3:15 – 5:15pm. There will also be several weekend activities and exercises throughout the year.

Weekly training in the first year will provide a firm military foundation. Cadets will cover weapon training, marksmanship, field-craft, navigation skills, first aid and drill.

Social Impact: CCF Independent Research

Schools that have cadet units have seen significant benefits for their young people. Both in their schools and the local community.

Schools have seen significant improvement in attendance and behaviour. They have also see an improvement in attainment, commitment, self-confidence and discipline. Relationships between staff and students have improved. This creates positive benefits in all areas of school life.

University of Northampton has found that joining the cadets offers a range of benefits. The full report can be read in full on the University of Northampton’s website.

Further Information

Combined Cadet Force website: