Combined Cadet Force
The Combined Cadet Force Contingent (CCF) at Calday Grange Grammar School traces its history back to 1916, when a unit of the Officers’ Training Corps first formed. Evolving throughout the subsequent years, the CCF now consists of three sections, A Royal Naval Section, an Army Section, and a Royal Air Force Section. Cadets wear the uniform of their parent service, which is issued free.
The aims of the CCF are to develop the leadership skills of cadets by teaching them discipline, comradeship, good manners and technical subjects appropriate to their chosen sections. The CCF is not a recruiting machine for the armed forces or a 'mini-army', but a youth organisation with a sense of military discipline and pride. Cadets are not required to join any of Her Majesty’s Forces when they are older.
The Core Values
Respect for Others
The Contingent parades from 16:00 to 18:00 every Thursday during term time. Cadets are expected to attend every parade, unless there is a very good reason for not doing so. Additionally, there are two field days each year, when cadets are taken away from school to take part in activities relating to their Service. There are other training events during the year at weekends.
How to Join
Students can join the CCF after Easter in Year 8 there is an open evening giving students and parents an opportunity to explore each section. Students may join at any time up to Year 11.
After choosing their section, students spend the rest of the summer term learning the skills of that section. If a student decides that they are still interested in joining the CCF they will be required to sit a short section test, have a neat haircut (males only) and show a promise of commitment. They will then be issued with a uniform after the summer holidays, will parade and invited to take part in out of school activities.
Recruits can choose to join whichever section they wish. The training which they receive initially is very similar for all three sections. All cadets are taught foot drill, ranks and badges, basic map-reading, basic first aid and how to fire a rifle.
Having passed the relevant examinations cadets will then specialise in subjects appropriate to their Service. More senior cadets can be given specialist leadership training.
- Cadets in the Royal Naval Section will specialise in nautical subjects. This will include sailing. The Section has its own boats.
- Cadets in the Army Section will learn basic army tactics, based on the Infantry. Subjects include camouflage and concealment, and generally there will be more shooting.
- Cadets in the Royal Air Force Section will specialise in aeronautical subjects. They will have opportunities to fly in RAF aircraft and to go gliding.
Cadets who show ability and progress can be considered for promotion to be a non-commissioned officer (NCO).
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
Cadets from all sections take part in this scheme. Much of the training which a cadet does in the CCF can count towards an award, so cadets are encouraged to take part. There are a number of Adventure Training weekends each year which are planned to help cadets gain an award.