Combined Cadets Force

In September 2015 the Combined Cadets Force started at Tudor Grange Academy Worcester. Students have the opportunity to join the Combined Cadets Force which runs afterschool once a week until 4.30pm. We received approval from the Department for Education and the Ministry of Defence to set up our own standalone CCF unit having initially partnered with the Royal Grammar school in Worcester in 2013.

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The activities our cadets take part in have a military theme, others have more of a community focus but they all inspire young people to challenge their limits, become more independent, confident and able to step up to any challenge. Through structured, military themed and adventurous activities, cadets take responsibility and develop the qualities of self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance, perseverance and a clear understanding of service to their country and their community. These are personal qualities which will remain of value throughout the cadets’ lives and will undoubtedly assist in the early stages of their chosen careers.

Each year cadets have the opportunity to attend one of several centrally controlled camps, often held at MOD establishments with many offering National Governing Body certificates. These camps offer the cadets the chance to experience life on a military base, but alongside their peers and teachers.

Students at Tudor Grange Trust Schools have the opportunity to apply to join the CCF from Year 8 onwards. From the very outset they have the chance to try many different activities and attain qualifications in some of these area. The cadets are also encouraged to obtain promotion during their time within the CCF and will be rewarded with more responsibility and input into their section’s activities.

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Cadets have the chance to take part in climbing, first aid training, navigation, rifle shooting, mountaineering and drill. During the summer camps and weekends away they have further opportunities to take part in other military themed activities.

The School Staff Instructor is SSI Lt Peil. The Contingent Commander is 2Lt Bowyer.

If your child would like to apply to join they need to prepare a letter to School Staff Instructor (SSI Lt Peil) outlining the following.

  • Why they wish to join the CCF
  • How they think the CCF will help them to develop and contribute to society and their school.

Please read the FAQ section overleaf and for further details please look at the Combined Cadet Force Website. www.combinedcadetforce.org.uk

FAQ

What is the Combined Cadet Force (CCF)

It is a youth organisation sponsored by the Ministry of Defence

How often will my child have to attend?

Students will attend once a week immediately after school.

Which of the 3 services (Arm, Navy or RAF) is available at Tudor Granges Academies?

Currently we are affiliated with the Army although we plan to expand this in the following years.

How much does it cost for my child to join the CCF?

There are no costs for joining the CCF but students are expected to provide their own Army boots and there is a small cost charged for attending some weekend activities and summer camp.

Is this advantageous for my child if they want to join the Armed Forces when they leave school?

Whilst the CCF will give a flavour of life within the Armed services it does not automatically qualify them to join. IF they wish to join when they leave school they would need to follow the normal application process.

Do they need a uniform?

An army uniform will be loaned to students free of charge. They are then expected to wear it to school on parade days.

Where are the annual camps and weekend visits to?

Students will have the chance to take part in a range of activities at many different locations. The annual army camp takes place at an army base and is one week-long. Weekends away, of which there will be 2 or 3, will be in different locations and not necessarily at an army base.

Which skills will my child be able to develop?

Tudor Academy CCF cadets will develop a range of skills which will develop their confidence, resilience and leadership qualities. These skills will be developed through a range of activities including climbing, mountaineering, First Aid, Military drill, rifle firing.