"The CCF at Pate's provides me with un-rivalled opportunities to develop my leadership skills, the responsibility is real and I am exceptionally proud of the section I lead. I have learnt so many 'life skills' along the way." (Year 13 Pupil)
Pate's Grammar School Combined Cadet Force
Here at Pate's we have a well established CCF, spread across 5 year groups of the school (Year 9-13). The contingent supported by staff is run by the appointed senior cadets in Year 13 who have trained and proved over their cadet career to show excellent teamwork and leadership skills.
Cadet units in schools are supported financially by the Ministry of Defence but are not part of the Armed Forces. The cadet forces follow some of the customs and traditions of their parent Service, such as using the same rank structure, and taking part in some military-themed training, but the organisations are separate. There is no commitment to military service of any kind, for the cadets or adults involved. The focus of the CCF is to give young people opportunities for personal development outside of the classroom.
Joining in Year 9, cadets will learn the CCF(Army) basic syllabus. On successful completion they will have the choice in Year 10 to choose to continue with the CCF(Army) or join the CCF(RAF) sections for more advanced and specialised training. In Year 11 (Cadre) both sections come back together to complete further specialised training and their instructors course preparing them for becoming the Junior Cadet Instructors in Year 12. The level of expertise, commitment, leadership and management skills the cadets display during this year will play a huge part towards the positions they are appointed to in Year 13 with only 1 space available for top student who will manage a contingent with over 200 cadets.