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 services: Army and 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 are made available to all and these include a termly Field Day. The school based Field Day in the Christmas Term incorporates military skills such as patrolling and section attacks, observations, map reading, first aid and command tasks. In the Easter Term, the Field Day covers outdoor adventure skills such as caving, climbing, archery, air rifle, bush craft and survival skills. In the Summer Term, the Field Day sees the cadets visit Bovington Camp for a range of military activities. The Navy follow the same Field Day programme but in the Summer Term they visit Portsmouth for a Firefighting and Damage Control Exercise. The Navy also gets to sail at Cheddar Reservoir.
King’s also runs its own military summer camp on the Isle of Wight, an Outdoor Adventure week in Snowdonia and gives the opportunity to cadets to attend the centrally run military camps held during the summer. The Ten Tors Challenge, the NCO Cadre Leadership Course, a shooting range, assault course and thirty acres of school land are further examples of what is on offer to a pupil who signs up for CCF at King’s Bruton
Contact the Contingent Commander Mr Craig Barrow