Combined Cadet Force - CCF(RAF)

Membership of our CCF (RAF) offers students an unparalleled opportunity in the local area.  

The broad function of our CCF is to provide a disciplined framework under which confidence, a wide range of skils, teamwork and leadership can be developed by means of training to promote the additional qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverence. 

The CCF provides Duke of Edinburgh Award opportunities for cadets and other students within the school from Year 9 -13.  

Weekly Sessions

from September 2016, CCF runs for 2 hours during P6 and enrichment. The syllabus is to a large extend dictated by the RAF although we have an amount of discretion over how and when it is delivered. Student Cadets have the opportunity to study the following over their time in the unit and can progress through recruit, Junior NCO and Senior NCO ranks.  

Drill & Turnout with Badges, Ranks & Saluting, Airmanship, Map Reading, Shooting & Safety, Principles of Flight,

Basic Navigation, Air Navigation, Aircraft Handling, Advanced Radio & Radar


Our CCF will run field weekends for all its cadets throughout the year at a range of military training areas. Cadets can also go on leadership or skill development courses during the holidays. Such opportunities will include foreign trips.  

The CCF can be summed up with one word: opportunity. At very little cost it offers students the chance to engage in a tremendously wide variety of activities, to learn new skills and to explore and expand their mental and physical horizons.

Students will be able to join the CCF in Years 8, 9 and 10 (although initial priority in year 1 will be for Years 10 and 9) and may stay until the end of Year 13. Through the CCF, students can gain not only skills but also a range of formal qualifications such as BTEC Awards in Public Service or Aviation Studies.

Air Experience Flight

We aim to get cadets airborne as often as possible, as a passenger in a light aircraft, a glider or even on-board RAF aircraft such as our Typhoon fast-jet or a Chinook helicopter. Every air cadet gets the opportunity to have a flight each year with the Air Experience Flight (AEF). Prove that you have the aptitude for flying and you could bag yourself a prestigious flying scholarship. There are several scholarships available to air cadets each year. These are sponsored by the Royal Aero Club, the Air League Educational Trust, the RAF Charitable Trust, the Geoffrey DeHaviland Foundation, Babcock Defence Services, the RAF Association and the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators.

For many cadets these courses are the stepping stone to their PPL - Private Pilots’ Licence - and potentially a career as a pilot with the RAF, the Royal Navy, Army or commercial airlines. Some cadets achieve their PPLs before they even get their driving licence, so the sky really is the limit!

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