Combined Cadet Force
Our aim in the CCF is to develop self-reliance, leadership and a spirit of adventure. We are helped with this from the resources of the Armed Services.
Most cadets may only have this contact with the Services, but we do send a number of candidates each year to the various officer Selection Boards. At present we have 220 cadets in the Royal Navy, Army or RAF section. Cadets join the CCF at Year 10 for 2-4 years and find it purposeful, challenging, and enjoyable.
Throughout the year, there are opportunities to take part in a wide range of adventurous training, including rock climbing, caving, canoeing, hillwalking and sailing. We enter teams in the annual Ten Tors event and have several groups participating in gaining adventurous qualifications.
From Yr11, cadets are given the opportunity to complete the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Uniformed Public Services. Various achievements that cadets gain through their career form part of this qualification which is examined by Edexcel. In the academic year 2009-10 Wellington was 7th in the UK, 4th in England and 1st in the South of England with 81% of candidates achieving a Distinction*.
Cadets also have the opportunity to complete Institute of Leadership and Management qualifications as well as a Level 3 BTEC.
The Royal Naval Section
All cadets joining this section are provided with sailing and canoeing courses. Cadets learn to navigate at sea, and a wide range of courses, camps and qualifications are on offer.
The Army Section
All cadets joining this section will learn all the basic skills of a soldier, and later on can specialize in engineering, infantry, or signals. There are many opportunities outside the regular Friday afternoon parades. Senior cadets undertake a Methods of Instruction Course. This involves training in instructional methods and being assessed in teaching lessons.
The RAF Section
All cadets joining this section receive flying and gliding training in addition to all the other standard CCF activities. Regular visits to RAF stations also take place.