Combined Cadet Force
Independent schools have a long history of being a key training ground for over a third of all commissioned officers in the UK’s military, and Rossall is proud to be home to the oldest Combined Cadet Force in the country, established in February 1860. It is one of only four Schools CCF Contingents to be awarded the Queen’s Colours. We have four sections – the Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and a newly formed Band. All pupils take part in the CCF from Year 8 and for the first two terms go through a very basic phase of teamwork, discipline, self-discipline and turnout, working through different aspects of the types of training for each of the four sections. In the summer term, they are then able to choose which section they would like to focus on. In Year 9 the cadets begin the basic syllabus in the section they have joined, and from Year 10 the cadets decide whether to continue with this activity, enabling them to complete the advanced syllabus and start a Junior Cadet Instructors Course in the Army section or the equivalent in the Navy, RAF or Band sections.CCF provides excellent skills for life including communication, team building, basic discipline and leadership. Rossall CCF has produced a Field Marshall, thirty-two Generals, two Air Marshalls and two Admirals in its 156 year History, as well as two winners of the Victoria Cross, the highest award in the UK honours system. Through the CCF, students develop a wide range of attributes and skills which they put into practice during training and on Field Days. CCF also offers a variety of free courses (the only cost for a young person is a pair of boots) and we work with local schools to offer these skills to other young people. Courses include:
- Field Craft
- Youth First Aid
- Skill at Arms
- Junior Cadet Instructors (Army Only)
CCF pupils are also able to build an online CV of their accomplishments. Every course they complete is added to their own personal online electronic CV, hugely beneficial for future applications in their chosen career. Rossall CCF now offers full bore and small bore shooting, delivered by experienced shooting coaches in these disciplines. Cadets do full bore shooting at Weeton training camp, home to The 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, and small bore shooting in our very own 25yd shooting range located on site.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a fantastic scheme which allows young people to challenge themselves and learn new skills through planning and training for a series of walking expeditions.
The World Challenge Expedition is offered to students in the Sixth Form and for those who take part, it can be a life-changing experience.
Throughout the year, we support a wide range of charities as a School.