Combined Cadet Force

Combined Cadet Force

Why Join Us?

Pupils who join the CCF can expect to be challenged, both physically and mentally, whether that is through the expectation that they will maintain their own uniform or taking part in leadership exercises aimed at stretching their capabilities. Ultimately, they will become the leaders and instructors for the recruits and cadets that will follow in their footsteps in the years to come. Some will take the academic steps in their stride, but struggle to maintain their uniform, others will lead themselves everywhere but be unable to lead others anywhere. This is where the bond of service will help them to come together to achieve both their own personal goals as well as those of the organisation.

As they progress, cadets will be given the opportunities to take ownership of their activities including: arranging demonstrations for visitors, organising trips, recruit training, mentoring younger cadets and recruits, charitable activities, annual inspections and the overall running of the training programme. This environment will provide opportunity for the cadets to plan, organise and orchestrate, activities from beginning where the need to take control or to support, communicate through both talking and listening, find solutions through knowledge or trial and error, and gain the understanding that failure can teach as much as success, are key factors in developing themselves.

All pupils, when they reach Year 8, are eligible to apply to join the CCF Contingent but places are limited, so a selection and trial period is held in the final term of Year 7 for volunteers to be assessed for suitability. This activity along with the regular parades, takes place each Monday afternoon. Pupils can remain in the Cadets until you leave school in either Year 11, 12 or 13. All the Officers and Civilian Instructors are members of School Staff or Parents.

During their recruitment phase, the trainee cadets will be learning the basics of military drill, which teaches people to obey orders without question and is the basis for teaching teamwork. This is not to make them automatons but help them to identify and function in environments where control, from a safety perspective, must be absolute: Such times are faced by the Police, Ambulance Service, Fire Service, Coastguard and many other organisations on a daily basis. In addition, recruits will also learn about the history of the RAF, Airmanship, Principles of Flight, First Aid and Initial Expedition Training, all of which are focussed on the three targets of camping overnight in a tent, achieving their Part One badge and their first flight in a powered aircraft. On receipt of their Part One badge the recruits become fully fledged Cadets.
As places are limited and there will always be more applicants than places, the Contingent will have high expectations of those granted a place. These expectations will include: consistent attendance in uniform, the highest standards of turnout, and the application of the core ethos. These are Respect, Integrity, Service before Self and Excellence.

The 2021 Cadet recruitment programme will operate as an open invite every tuesday to all year 8 pupils starting on Tuesday 7th September 2021 and ending on Tuesday 19th October 2021. Potential cadets will parade on the amphitheatre at the end of school and the sessions will last until 1630 Hrs. Activities will involve those similar to the Cadet programme.

Cadets wishing to continue after this taster session will be invited to join after the half term break subject to satisfactory attendance and behaviour.

Year 7 & 8 Assembly

 

 

Latest Events

Read all about what the Cadets have been up to recently

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Examples of Boots suitable for Cadet activities

The following images indicate the type of boot suitable for cadet activities. This is an indication only: as long as the boots are above ankle length, laced, preferably made of all leather (but a leather/fabric mix is acceptable) and either brown or black then they are suitable.  Any queries please contact Sgt Bew… Read More
 - 10/07/2021
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RAF Lossiemouth

Over the past few months, a selection of cadets had the opportunity to experience life on an RAF Station where 7 Cadets spent a week at RAF Lossiemouth.  During this time they visited sections around the station to see the roles of different trades in the RAF including No 1… Read More
 - 03/11/2020
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Armistice Day – Poppy Veil

Inspired by the original artist, Paul Cummins, we decided to commemorate Armistice day with our own version of the famous ‘Weeping Window’. The whole school project included every pupil and student at Barr Beacon contributing to the installation by making a grand total of 3800 poppies.  The poppy veil was… Read More
 - 11/07/2019
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CCF Biennial Review

On Monday 16th September, our Combined Cadet Force carried out their Inaugural Biennial Inspection at DTE Swynnerton Training Camp in Stone. The cadets took part in a number of exercises across the day, such as First Aid Training, Radio and Cyber Training and Rifle Training. The day then ended with… Read More
 - 09/27/2019

Contact Info

Barr Beacon School
Old Hall Lane
Aldridge, Walsall
West Midlands
WS9 0RF

T: 0121 366 6600
postbox@barrbeaconschool.co.uk

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Friday: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

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