Combined Cadet Force

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With impressive facilities on campus, including purpose built HQ, an obstacle course and indoor and outdoor shooting range, the West Buckland School Combined Cadet Force (CCF) plays a major part in our programme of extracurricular activities. The CCF comprises Army and Royal Air Force Sections and provides an impressive range of opportunities for young people.


The aim of the CCF is to develop skills in leadership, responsibility, self-reliance, self-reliance and endurance through a military-style organisation but it also encourages cadets who may be interested in a military career in either the regular or reserve force.

CCF is compulsory for Year 9 students and is then optional for Years 10 and above.

The main areas of focus for the West Buckland CCF are:

  • Basic training: cadets learn about uniform, drills, weapons, how to conduct themselves as a member of their section, and about the armed services and the roles that they serve. They will also learn skills including First Aid, Camp and Field Craft and map reading – many of which will complement the skills required for the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.
  • Adventure Training: this includes Easter holiday trips to Snowdonia for walking, climbing and canoeing; regular climbing trips during the term, under safe instruction; summer camp at Army or RAF camps, which is always very popular.
  • Shooting: cadets have the opportunity and become members of the school’s teams which compete in small and full bore competitions.
  • Other activities: cadets may also get an opportunity to experience flying and gliding, using facilities at nearby RMB Chivenor.

For more detailed information of the CCF curriculum, please download the pdf: