Combined Cadet Force

The Combined Cadet Force here at City is a disciplined organisation which enables young people to develop leadership skills and promotes, through the Safe System of Training, the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, team work, endurance, perseverance and a sense of service to the community. We have three sections as well as a CCF band:

  • Royal Navy
  • Army
  • Royal Air Force

City of London School CCF is sponsored by the MOD and boys can volunteer to join in the 3rd Form and are committed to attend parade nights and termly field camps for five terms.

All sections parade on a Monday after school throughout the term, where cadets carry out syllabus training specific to their section in preparation for Camps. Syllabus Training is delivered by a team of dedicated Cadet Force Adult Volunteers which consists of School Staff and Old Citizens, many of whom bring with them a wealth of previous military experience and knowledge. Senior Cadets who have undergone leadership training can also be given the opportunity to deliver training, under supervision.

Royal Navy Section

Follows the CCFRN Basic and Advanced syllabus which includes the role of the RN and its ethos, warship recognition, ropework, chartwork, navigation and practical leadership tasks. On field trips we visit HMS Bristol to take part in sailing, powerboating activities plus visits to the Action Stations Attraction, HMS Victory, Mary Rose and Royal Navy Museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Army Section

Follow the Army Basic and Advanced Proficiency syllabus which includes Skill at Arms, Shooting, Fieldcraft and Expedition Training. On field trips (camps) the cadets travel to local training areas around the south where skills learnt on parade nights can be honed in battlefield exercises; for senior cadets who remain in CCF, leadership and instructional technique skills are also developed on these trips. At the end of each summer term cadets attend a Regular Army organised Central Camp where they take part in all matter of larger scale battlefield exercises as well as adventurous activities like canoeing, climbing and mountain biking.

Royal Air Force Section

Follow the RAF Basic and Advanced Proficiency syllabus which includes Theory of Flight, Air Propulsion and Air Engineering. On field trips usually at RAF Halton or RAF Benson cadets normally get to fly, under supervision, Grob Tutor aircraft, the section also runs expedition, method of instruction and leadership training. At the end of each summer term cadets attend an RAF led Annual Camp where they take part in all matter of cadet activities.

All sections carry out the very basic training on how to wear uniform, marching, rank structure, marks of respect and basic first aid.

All sections run leadership courses, as well as individual activity courses with most culminating in the achievement of a nationally recognised qualification. These include RYA Yacht and Dinghy Sailing, RYA power boating, National Pool Lifeguard award Special Flying Award, Climbing, Paddlesports. The CCF also runs its own very popular Ski Trip to Bavaria where cadets can achieve BASI Snowlife awards.

On the ceremonial front we carry the War Widows Banner at the Cenotaph and have taken part in the Lord Mayors Parade and several Royal occasions.

The CCF calendar is very busy throughout the year and the variety of activities on offer are immense.

All sections carry out the very basic training on how to wear uniform, marching, rank structure, marks of respect and basic first aid.

My experience with CCF

Shadman has been part of the RAF section of CCF since Third Form
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