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Frequently asked questions

Please find the answers to some questions you may have in regards to joining the Combined Cadet Force:


What is the required commitment for each Cadet?

  • Attend weekly parades every Tuesday from 1650-1700
  • We look for a minimum of 85% attendance although attending school events will not affect this
  • 1 training Weekend per year
  • Attendance at summer camp

What happens if attendance is an issue?

  • There will be a number of reasons a cadet may miss a session or training weekend and like normal attendance procedures please update us via email or through ClassCharts as early as possible
  • Taking part in school events and representing the school is encouraged and will not affect your attendance
  • Missing certain training will limit a cadet’s progression through our training syllabus and it may not be possible to pick this up due to the tight training schedule we work to
  • Training and summer Camp are a chance for Cadet’s to put into practice what they’ve learnt and we highly recommend they are attended to maximise the Cadet experience

How much will the CCF cost?

  • Joining fee is £100 that covers uniform use, boots and equipment that is essential to training.
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  • If boots are lost or damaged through negligence there will be a replacement cost of £30
  • Basic weekend training is at no extra cost
  • Advanced weekend training may have an additional cost of approx. £15
  • Summer camp will be approx. £70
  • If there are any issues or you are in receipt of Pupil Premium please contact us to discuss your options

How will the CCF affect schoolwork?

  • All training is completed after school and on weekends with the exception of summer camps
  • Summer camp is held after all assessments and exams and is during the final weeks where key stage trips take place
  • All dates will be given in advance to allow parents/carers to plan accordingly

How does the Duke of Edinburgh link in with the CCF?

  • The DofE is ran by Mrs Freeman but we do assist in facilitating with some training aspects
  • This is separate from the CCF but any Cadet taking part in the DofE can use the syllabus to complete parts of that criteria

There is also a CCF qualification that we can access through the DofE award that will be updated about soon