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Combined Cadet Forces (CCF)

The CCF comprises and provides important life skills and opportunities for young people.

Leadership Opportunities

The West Buckland School Combined Cadet Force (CCF), combining Army and Royal Air Force Sections, has a proud history since the school began in 1858. A very important part of the fabric of the school, it is compulsory for Year 9s and is then optional for Years 10 and above.




The aim of the CCF is to develop skills in leadership, responsibility, self-reliance, self-reliance and endurance through a military-style organisation but it also encourages cadets who may be interested in a military career in either the regular or reserve force.

What we do

The main areas of focus for the West Buckland CCF are:

Basic training: cadets learn about uniform, drills, weapons, First Aid, camp and field craft and map reading – many of which will complement the skills required for the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

Adventure Training: this includes Easter holiday trips to Snowdonia for walking, climbing and canoeing; and summer camp at Army or RAF camps, which is always very popular.

Shooting: cadets have the opportunity and become members of the school’s teams which compete in small- and full-bore competitions.