Introduction and Benefits
Our Combined Cadet
Force (CCF) is a partnership between the school and the Ministry of Defence
(MoD). WHGS CCF is one of the longest established cadet forces in the country,
and is affiliated with the Duke of Lancaster’s Army Regiment.
The tradition of
cadet units in schools goes back to the 1850s, with the CCF being formed in
1948, covering cadets from all three Services.
The CCF helps young
people to develop and reach their full potential through challenging, active,
adventurous and fun activities. Cadets will have the opportunity to build new
friendships, grow their confidence, and take on responsibilities.
The CCF is excellent
for personal development as cadets will develop skills such as team-work, co-operation,
leadership, responsibility, independence, self-discipline, resourcefulness, resilience,
The interim findings of an October 2017 independent
report, compiled by the University of Northampton, found that joining the
cadets offers a range of benefits to the individuals involved and the wider
community. Click here for more information.
Students will join
the CCF as a junior cadet. As cadets develop their skills, they may be given
the opportunity to take responsibility for a small group of cadets as a junior
non-commissioned officer (JNCO). As JNCOs grow in confidence and develop their
leadership skills, they may be asked to become a senior non-commissioned
officer (SNCO), supporting the adult volunteers to plan/run activities and deliver
The CCF offers a
unique and broad range of activities, such as:
- Adventurous Training
- Drill and Turnout
- First Aid
- Navigation Training
- Skill at Arms
Our CCF parades
every Thursday afternoon. There will also be several weekend activities throughout the year.
Participation in the CCF
is voluntary. WHGS students in Year 8 and above are eligible
to join. You are not expected or encouraged to pursue a military career, but if
you are considering one, the CCF would provide an excellent first step.
recuritment programme takes place in the Summer Term of Year 7.
Students wishing to
join the CCF will need to complete a joining form and have all sections
completed and signed by a parent/carer.