The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a youth organisation run within Worksop College and sponsored by the Ministry of Defence and supported by the school. The aim of the CCF, as defined by the MoD is:
“The broad function of the Combined Cadet Force is to provide a disciplined organisation within a school so that boys and girls may develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance, and a sense of service to the community. It is firmly believed that the self-discipline required in Service life is equally important in the civil life of the nation today. The specific function of the service training in the C.C.F. is to provide the opportunity for young people to exercise responsibility and leadership, and to learn from the services how they can best be developed: Show them why the defence forces are needed and how they function: encourage those who have an interest in the services to become Officers of the Regular or Reserve Forces. ”
Extract from the CCF Charter
At Worksop College
The CCF at Worksop College is an engaging, challenging and rewarding Contingent that can make a decisive contribution to the development of our students. It aims to provide:
- A challenging, engaging and rewarding training programme that is led by students and supported by staff.
- Opportunities for experiences, successes and leadership
- Development of discipline, self-reliance and community spirit.
What to expect from being in the CCF:
The CCF runs weekly on Monday afternoon, there are three field days per academic year, which may be residential. The Field day in September will usually be inspection day, where the school will be visited by prearranged dignitaries.
Outside this basic commitment, the CCF offers many weekend activities, camps and courses which may be run during School Holidays. These are voluntary in nature but should be taken advantage of as much as possible to gain the most from the CCF experience.
The CCF can also be used as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at all three levels. In order to complete the Volunteer element however, cadets must have demonstrated a willingness to attend events beyond just parade meetings and the field days. There are also many opportunities to fulfil the residential requirement at gold level of the award.
Meet the team
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Outdoor Education in Year 7 & 8
In year 7 students have one period a week allocated to outdoor education lead by the staff here at the college. We are ideally situated in acres of woodland and outdoor space which makes the lessons so much more enjoyable.
The students are actively engaged in new and different learning processes through participation in structured experiences that facilitate students learning. There is connections with nature and the natural environment where we learn too about environmental issues. We encourage reflection, calculated risk and pushing boundaries either in a group or as an individual.
In year 8 Students also have one period a week allocated to outdoor education, during this period they undertake the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze training frame work. This prepares them to undertake there expedition at Bronze level in the beginning of year 9. There are parallels here with a pre service year for our CCF Contingent. Students have the opportunity to do both DofE and CCF from the beginning of year 9.