Combined Cadet Force
What is the CCF?
The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a national youth organisation sponsored by the Ministry of Defence. It aims to “provide a disciplined organisation in a school so that pupils may develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance.” The CCF is not a recruitment organisation for the Armed Forces and there is zero obligation for Cadets to join the military.
Established in 1860 as the Rifle Corps, Rossall School CCF boasts 159 years of rich and vibrant history. The Contingent has been an important part of Rossall life for generations, and remains one of the School’s most popular co-curricular activities.
The priority of the Contingent is to provide pupils with the opportunity to experience and enjoy a variety of military and civilian training with an emphasis on leadership and character development. We offer a vast amount to pupils in terms of enjoyment, personal development and as an excellent addition to any CV or Personal Statement. Rossall Cadets are expected to be among the most professional, confident and well-rounded pupils in the School, but the primary aim of the CCF is to be fun and enjoyable for all.
How does it work?
Cadets join compulsory in Year 9 and may remain in the CCF until Year 13. The five-year programme follows the national syllabus provided by the Ministry of Defence but retains aspects which are unique to Rossall. The full and varied programme includes weapons training, drill and turnout, shooting and marksmanship, military knowledge and military history, field-craft and tactics, first aid, navigation, leadership, instructional techniques, command tasks, and adventurous training (including expeditions, climbing, caving, kayaking, canoeing, camping, survival/bush-craft and more).
Training takes place on Mondays, known as ‘Parade Days’. The Contingent also has four Field Days a year (October, April and two days in June), Summer Camp and Easter Adventurous Training. Cadets have the opportunity to attend additional courses and weekend camps as well as national competitions.
The Army Proficiency Certificate (APC) Syllabus
The programme is progressive: in Year 9, Cadets learn the Army Proficiency Certificate (APC) Basic Syllabus. This includes drill, military knowledge, weapons training, basic shooting, navigation, first aid, field-craft and command tasks.
In Year 10 – Year 12, Cadets learn the Army Proficiency Certificate (APC) Advanced Syllabus. This includes more advanced drill, military knowledge and history, advanced shooting and marksmanship, advanced navigation and first aid, infantry tactics and command, leadership, instructional techniques and more.
In Year 13, Cadets complete the APC Advanced Syllabus and begin the ‘Special to Arms’ syllabus, becoming skilled at all the above subjects and receiving advanced leadership training. Year 13 Cadets are expected to assist in delivery of training for Year 9 Cadets, to be role models, leaders and commanders.
After completion of the APC Basic Syllabus, Cadets are eligible for promotion. With a rank comes a number of responsibilities, and all NCOs are trained in preparation of this. Although promotion is contingent on passing the APC Syllabus, it is largely dependent on personal maturity, responsibility, initiative and leadership capabilities.
Additional Subjects and Competitions
Cadets also have the opportunity to participate in the following additional subjects at School:
- Band Section (Parades every Wednesday and participates in a number of ceremonial events)
- Clay Target Shooting
- Sailing (affiliation to Blackpool and Fleetwood Yacht Club)
These are optional subjects but the CCF programme sets aside time for all Cadets to get involved.
The Contingent also runs competitions throughout the year in Shooting and Foot Drill.
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.