Combined Cadet Force

All pupils from Year 10 upwards can join the CCF, although it is not compulsory. Our aim in the CCF is to develop self-reliance, leadership, a spirit of adventure and to introduce pupils to the Armed Forces.

Our CCF was founded in 1901 and has continued to provide pupils with a wide variety of challenges, opportunities, skills, leadership training, military knowledge and teamwork. We have three sections RN, Army and RAF as well as a strong and active ‘Corps of Drums’, who lead the Remembrance Sunday and St George’s Day Parades every year.

We pride ourselves in producing well-rounded and confident cadets. In recent years, three of our cadets have been chosen as ‘Lord Lieutenant Cadets’, where they assist the Lord Lieutenant for Somerset with her duties.

The Contingent parades once a week on Friday afternoons, with a 48 hr exercise each term. Cadets join for one year, initially, to gain experience and undertake basic training, and a number then remain for four years, ending up leading sections of younger cadets. To begin with, cadets work towards completing the “Cadet Proficiency Certificate” in Year 10 and the “Advanced Proficiency Certificate” in Year 11. In the Sixth Form, the cadets join a Leadership Cadre and begin their development as junior leaders. Senior Cadets in Year 12 can also enrol for a BTEC in Public Services.