Combined Cadet Force

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St. Brigid's School CCF

The Combined Cadet Force is a MoD-sponsored youth organisation, based in the school. It teaches young people the importance of teamwork and responsibility, using the best of the ethos of the British services.

Fully supported by the Headteacher, and run by teachers, parents and friends of the school, the CCF meets during term-time after school, every Wednesday evening, until 5.45pm.

Training is by very experienced instructors and every evening, we start with a parade and then split up into sections and year groups, learning new skills, taking part in training and games, and having fun.

Everyone is issued with a uniform (with the exception of boots) and to cover essential costs, we occasionally need to charge for attending events. There are sometimes a smaller group will go to the indoor range at Ruthin School (to fire .22 target rifles) or perhaps to the indoor climbing centre on Anglesey. All young people get first aid training and the opportunity to pass St John’s assessments.

Contingent Commander:
Lieutenant Colonel Jim Wood
Army Section Officers:
Captain Ann Bunn,
Captain Louise Carus
RAF Section Officers:
Flight Lieutenant Phil Roberts,
Mrs Emma Williams
School Staff Instructor:
Major Brad Percival
Civilian Instructors:
Mr Maurice Linaker

The Combined Cadet Force is an important but voluntary part of school from Year 9. It is sponsored by the MoD and, using the best of the ethos of the British services, helps to develop our young people, in personal responsibility, in teamwork and leadership, and in outdoor education.

Fully supported by the Headteacher, and run by volunteer teachers, parents and friends of the school, the CCF meets during term-time after school, on every Tuesday evening until 5.45pm.

Training is by experienced instructors and every evening, we start with a parade and then split up into sections and year groups, learning new skills, taking part in training and games, and having fun.

Uniform is issued free (with the exception of boots) but to cover essential costs for additional activities, we charge a small annual fee. We do a wide range of activities, some away from school such as at the indoor climbing centre on Anglesey. All young people get map-reading and first aid training and many get the opportunity to pass national assessments.

Contingent Volunteers:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Jim Wood
  • School Staff Instructor SMI Trevor Lloyd

Army Section:

  • Major Brad Percival
  • Captain Ann Bunn
  • Lieutenant Pooch Spiller
  • Sergeant Kara Morris

RAF Section:

  • Flight Lieutenant Phil Roberts

The Army Section

In the Army Section, everyone has opportunities to take part in everything from working as a team whilst moving about the countryside to living in improvised shelters.

Whilst everyone learns to live in the field on our introductory exercise for Year 9’s, the Army Section learn more skills for traveling through the countryside (patrolling), living in the field and competition shooting.

Every year, we take part in the UK’s premier cadet patrolling event, the Cambrian Patrol, and have been very successful. Everyone also gets the opportunity to train for an annual shooting competition.

The RAF Section

The RAF section follows a syllabus with a more technical emphasis. As well as learning many of the same skills as in the Army section, RAF cadets learn all about flying and engineering, and everything that is required to safely take part in activities on airfields.

There are opportunities for everyone to experience gliding and powered flights. From 16 years of age, young people have the opportunity to learn how the fly gilders themselves, and from 17 years of age, there is the same opportunity for powered planes.

The highlight of the year is the annual ground skills competition against other schools, and we have reached the national finals in both 2018 and 2019.

Outdoor Education

The cadet forces offer fantastic opportunities to take part in every kind of outside activity.

Everyone gets the opportunity to experience indoor climbing at a nearby climbing centre and those that excel take part in competitions, achieve awards in the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme and move on t0 climbing outdoors.

Map reading is an essential skill for both Army and RAF syllabi and is vital for taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.

First aid training can save lives and everyone has basic training. There are opportunities to take adult qualifications and selected cadets take part in the national competitions.

As well as our Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, we aim to walk up Snowdon each year, there are adventurous activity skills courses available through the cadet training centres, and we support cadets going on overseas expeditions.