Combined Cadet Force (CCF)

The CCF involves large numbers of boys and includes ample opportunities to develop personal discipline and leadership roles, especially in the sixth form ISI Inspection 2015

The aim of the CCF is to provide a disciplined organisation within a school so that boys develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance, as well as a sense of service to the community.

At Sherborne CCF we seek to instil the right values in the boys to help calibrate their moral compass. We encourage values-based leadership, meaning that boys are given responsibility and helped to model positive behaviours.

As they progress through the CCF, boys will run much of the training. They participate in a variety of military and adventurous activities aimed at developing teamwork and leadership. Examples of such activities include mountain biking, climbing, kayaking, sailing, shooting, field-craft, and much more.

There are regular competitions and boys go on termly field trips to put their training into practice. There are camps and courses resulting in qualifications during holidays. Boys in the Sixth Form are able to use their leadership training and experiences to pursue a Level 3 award in Leadership and Management through the Institute of Leadership and Management.

The CCF at Sherborne was established in 1948 from the Officer Training Corps (OTC). The first cadet organisation in the school was the School Cadet Corps which was formed in 1888 and which was subsequently replaced by the OTC in 1909.

Rob Le Poidevin MA, MA, MSc
Contingent Commander