Beyond the Classroom
Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
The CCF provides an organisation within Sutton Valence School which enables boys and girls to develop self-discipline, responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance, perseverance, a sense of service to the community and leadership. It complements the academic and other co-curricular aims of the School in preparing our pupils for adult life.
All the three service elements of Army, Navy and RAF are offered at Sutton Valence and pupils may join in the Third Form (Year 9) and CCF is also one of the option choices in the Fourth Form (Year 10). Cadets are encouraged to join the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme where there is the opportunity for planning and undertaking expeditions.
All cadets in the Fifth Form (Year 11) and above are eligible for the BTEC in Public Services. This is an award worth 4 GCSE’s that rewards their time and efforts in extra curricular activities, Duke of Edinburgh, sports and courses. The Cadet programme is the only National Youth Organisation offering young people the valuable skills to achieve this diploma, which is nationally recognised and respected by Institutes of Higher Education and employers.
Sutton Valence School CCF is affiliated to the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment.
The CCF meets regularly with a weekly slot within the school timetable, for a 2 hour period on a Wednesday afternoon. This time is occupied in a variety of ways dependent on section, but each afternoon is started by a Contingent parade outside the School's Cornwallis Building. The CCF also regularly undertake training on Field Days (usually overnight) at Military bases.
The sections within the CCF are primarily run by the NCO's (Non-Commissioned Officers), who will lead the teaching of the program for the most part, but are supported by members of staff from the School who under take voluntary Officer roles within the military.
The program in the CCF offers opportunities of a variety of courses from Cadre to Signals to Shooting. The CCF also provides a variety of exciting opportunities you would not normally get every day, for example the recent Field Day has allowed several members of the CCF to spend a day training with the Royal Engineers. Sutton Valence CCF also takes the opportunity each Easter for an Adventurous Training trip to the Lake District, allowing cadets to work towards their Duke of Edinburgh's Award and also take part in activities that aren't regularly a feature of the CCF program.
The CCF at Sutton Valence is a fantastic springboard opportunity for any student who is thinking about the possibility of a career in the military, with officers from the services coming to the school to do career presentations and to talk about Scholarships and Bursaries available for joining the Armed forces.
CCF Trip To Brunei - Summer 2013
Last summer 22 members of the CCF took a trip to the jungle in Brunei. The trip involved charity work with Pussat Ehsan, a charity for disabled children, cultural experiences and a week learning survival skills in the jungle with the army. The visit ended with a week R&R in Malaysia.
Other activities during the three weeks included a a historical trip round BSB - the capital of Brunei, abseiling from a helicopter gantry, a wildlife river run, shooting day and a visit to the Orang Utan Sanctuary.
This was our third expedition to the jungle, the photo above is just after we hav come out of the jungle. Many thanks to the Ullysses Trust for helping with a grant and 29 Cdeo
Current Officers & NCOs of Sutton Valence CCF
Lt Colonel A Wilkinson
Head of Contingent Corps
RSM A Bromley (NCO)
Major G Millbery
Major Prem Ale - Contingent Adjutant
Lieutenant D Sansom
Lieutenance M Halleron
Lieutenant J Godfrey
Head of Section - WOI D Murray (NCO)
Flying Officer T Cope
Flight Lieutenant K Anderson
Flight Lieutenant C Kitchen
Flight Lieutenant A Hammersley
Pilot Officer C Westlake
Head of Section - Sgt P Fryer
Lieutenant D Keep
Sub Lieutenant P Horley
Head of Section - Petty Officer L Copping (NCO)