King’s Bruton Combined Cadet Force offers pupils the opportunity to learn military skills, develop initiative, self-reliance, endurance, resourcefulness, responsibility and leadership. It also aims to engender a sense of public service.
Membership of the CCF is voluntary with pupils joining from the 4th Form. Pupils choose the section that most appeals to them and then take part in activities appropriate to that service. The contingent at King’s Bruton has a ‘section’ from two of the services: Army and Royal Navy. The training syllabus is followed for the two years that pupils are in the force and this takes place on Friday afternoons. Pupils in the 3rd Form can choose to participate in the CCF Activity after school on a Friday where they learn core skills that will advance their learning when they join the force in the 4th Form.
The contingent is directed and managed by the Contingent Commander, Major Barrow, who oversees a dedicated team consisting of teaching staff who have been commissioned into the forces with officer status and trained specifically to serve the cadet force. We also have our own full-time School Staff Instructor, a former PTI. In addition to our own CCF officers, we are routinely visited by regular forces personnel who assist with the cadets training.
Throughout the year, extra activities including a termly Field Day are made available to all pupils in the CCF. The school based Army Field Day incorporates military skills such as patrolling and section attacks, observations, map reading, first aid and command tasks. Army Field Days off site have included high ropes & leadership, air rifle range shooting, archery, rock climbing and caving for the 4th Form cadets. The 5th Form cadets experience a live range day at Yoxter Ranges Priddy, as well as a survival training day. The Royal Navy section experience coasteering, raft building, sea kayaking and paddle boarding. They also get to sail on the Solent and visit Portsmouth for a firefighting and damage control exercise. The Royal Navy Section also get to sail at Cheddar Reservoir during September and June.
King’s also offers cadets the chance to go on a summer camp. In 2018 the contingent ran its own military camp on the Isle of Wight at Jersey Camp and the contingent is returning there again in June 2020. In 2019, the contingent ran an outdoor adventure camp to Snowdonia, North Wales. There are also opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure trip to Finland in 2020.
The CCF is proud to enter several teams for the annual Ten Tors Challenge. Moreover, the CCF runs its own NCO Cadre Leadership Course, and has its own shooting range, assault course and thirty acres of school land. There is so much on offer to a pupil who signs up for CCF at King’s Bruton.
Contact the Contingent Commander Mr Craig Barrow