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.

PLEASE NOTE - Following government advice regarding the coronavirus, we have postponed the application process for the time being, including this week’s information evening. Please see the attached letter HERE.

  • Monday 9th March –  Year 7 Assembly
  • Tuesday 10th March – Year 8 Assembly
  • Thursday 19th March – Parents Evening
  • Friday 3rd April – Deadline for Applications
  • Monday 20th – Thursday 23rd April – Applications Considered
  • Friday 24th April – Interview Programme Released
  • Monday 4th – Friday 8th May – Cadet Interviews
  • Monday 18th May – Trial Period Begins
  • Monday 29th June – Trial period ends
  • Friday 10th July – Offer Letters Sent
  • Monday 7th September – First Parade

Year 7 & 8 Assembly



Latest Events

Read all about what the Cadets have been up to recently


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

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

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

Cadets Go Rifle Shooting

On Saturday the 18th May, a selection of Year 9 and 10 Cadets came back to school to learn how to use a rifle. Places for this tremendous opportunity were soon filled as people were keen to get stuck into what they would never be able to achieve if it… Read More
 - 05/24/2019

Contact Info

Barr Beacon School
Old Hall Lane
Aldridge, Walsall
West Midlands

T: 0121 366 6600

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

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