Combined Cadet Force

The Combined Cadet Force (C.C.F) is a youth organisation sponsored by the Ministry of Defence. It aims to provide opportunities for young people to develop leadership, responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness and endurance through training, discipline and adventure.

Sutton Community Academy operates an Army Section and as such we focus on

  • Drill
  • Skill at Arms & Shooting
  • Fieldcraft
  • First Aid
  • Map & Compass

As this is our first year of parading, we currently have 15 cadets from year 10 only. As we move into the next academic year the expectation is that the current cadets will move into year 11 and take on more senior roles whilst supporting the next intake of year 10’s. We hope that students staying on for the sixth form will continue with their CCF careers and develop into leadership roles.

The Section currently parade on a Tuesday, 15.00-17.00. All uniform and kit is provided free of charge with the exception of boots. Any costs involved will be explained to parents, carers and prospective cadets at an information evening at the end of year 9.

Cadets are expected to attend at least one fieldcraft weekend during year 10 (usually in the second half of the autumn term) and the summer camp (late June or early July). The cost for these events will be kept to a minimum where possible. We wish to make it clear that students should not be deterred from joining the CCF due to the costs involved.

All of the events and activities that Cadets take part in are designed to offer a fun but safe experience.

If you have any questions or comments about the CCF please contact, putting CCF in the subject box.

There is NO commitment or expectation on cadets to join the regular Armed Forces when they have completed their schooling.

Principal’s Comments

As Principal, I was very excited to become part of the CCF. It is not for everybody, but I do firmly believe that the skills that are developed through the CCF are fundamental life skills which enable all students to ‘be the best they can be’. These skills are:

  • Selfless Commitment – we must do our best at all times.
  • Courage – we must have the moral courage to do always what is right.
  • Discipline – to be effective we must be disciplined.
  • Respect for others – show tolerance and understanding.
  • Integrity – we are always to be honest and sincere.
  • Loyalty – so that others may rely on us.

As a former Head of PE, these are the skills which were the ‘bread and butter’ of the curriculum we offered. Now that I am Principal, these skills are more important to a wider audience and therefore I can recommend the CCF to you with confidence.

Please do not hesitate to come and speak to me if you require any further information.

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