Combined Cadet Force
The Combined Cadet Force operates on Friday afternoon and is made up of two Sections, affiliated to the Army and the Royal Navy, and led by members of School staff. It comprises some 150 volunteers from the upper four years of the School.
The CCF provides a disciplined framework within which boys can develop their character and resourcefulness, and the personal skills associated with leadership, problem-solving and teamwork. Through activities like expedition weekends, military training, SCUBA diving, sailing, shooting, kayaking, climbing, orienteering, and more, we aim to promote responsibility, self-reliance, and perseverance. Cadets work towards proficiency awards in their chosen section and visit active military bases; they also have the opportunity to pursue the Duke of Edinburgh's Award to Gold level, and to attend a variety of adventurous courses with the Armed Forces.
The Royal Navy Section is affiliated to HMS Daring, the first of the Navy's new Type 45 destroyer class, and the Army Section has an active link with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, in which a number of Old Edwardians are serving. There are annual camps and two expedition weekends each year for each section. For more detail, see the section pages.
While the CCF is not a recruiting organisation, it does give an insight into Service life. More importantly, however, we believe that the self-confidence, self-discipline and teamwork required in the Services are of equal value in civilian life, whatever careers our pupils pursue, and above all we aim to help them develop these qualities in an enjoyable and challenging fashion.