In May 2017 Dame Allan’s Schools and St Thomas More School, Blaydon, launched a Royal Marines Combined Cadet Force (CCF).
The CCF offers young people a broad range of challenging, exciting, adventurous and educational activities. The aim is to enable the development of personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline.
Royal Marine Combined Cadet Force contingents are rare. There are only around 20 in the whole UK.
The CCF is run in a voluntary capacity and is open to both boys and girls. Pupils will be informed about opportunities with CCF RM before Easter in Year 9, and selection and recruitment will happen after that. The section parades every Tuesday night from 16:00 for 2 hours, with 2 additional field days in school time per year. A wide range of courses is open to all cadets from leadership training to ocean sailing. Summer camps are available in July when cadets spend a week with the RM Youth Team at the Commando Training Centre near Exeter.
This is a physically active activity and, whilst we do not expect all cadets to be superb athletes, a good level of physical fitness is required and, more importantly, commitment and mental toughness are necessary.
Cadets gain a range of skills through involvement in the CCF, including:
- Personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline
- Expeditions may contribute towards the Duke of Edinburgh award
- First aid training
- Vocational qualifications in a range of land and water activities
- Resilience and perseverance
- Independence, motivation and confidence in their own ability
- Communication skills
- Organisation and time management
- Creativity and problem solving
- Cadets are pushed to reach their full potential whilst having fun!