The Dukeries Academy Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
The Combined Cadet Force has long been a tradition in independent schools, but in 2013 the government announced its plans for the Cadet Expansion Programme (CEP). In September 2013 the Dukeries Academy developed a successful partnership with Worksop College. Staff and cadets travelled to Worksop College each Friday in order to participate in their parade. It was there that our initial training took place and where we made ready to become an independent (CEP) CCF (Army) contingent.
Since September 2014 The Dukeries Academy has been developing its independent CCF and now have their own partner school. Sutton Community Academy is also part of the Academy Transformation Trust (ATT) and began their partnership with the Dukeries Academy CCF in September 2015.
The Dukeries Academy is one of fewer than 100 state schools across the UK to have its own CCF Contingent. Students can join at the beginning of Year 9 and potentially remain as cadets until the end of Year 13, if they so wish. Year 9s are also encouraged to join our Duke of Edinburgh scheme, which works well alongside the ethos of the CCF.
In our Army section, cadets learn a range of military skills and participate in a variety of leadership and teamwork exercises. On our Field Days they have the opportunity to visit military bases, including opportunities for field craft and shooting. Cadets are encouraged to take on responsibility as NCOs, organising activities and, in the process, improving their self-confidence and their presentation skills.
The Aim of the CCF
The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a Ministry of Defence sponsored youth organisation. Its aim is to:
"provide a disciplined organisation in a school so that pupils may develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance."
The Values of the CCF
The Core Values of our Combined Cadet Force are:
- Selfless Commitment - we must do our best at all times.
- Courage - we must have the moral courage to do always what is right.
- Discipline - to be effective we must be disciplined.
- Respect for others - show tolerance and understanding.
- Integrity - we are always to be honest and sincere.
- Loyalty – so that others may rely on us.
Parade days and times
The CCF parade every Wednesday: 1400 – 1600 with Year 11 and 15.00 - 16.00 with Year 9
The CCF parade every Thursday: 14.00 - 16.00 with Year 10
Duke of Edinburgh group meets every Monday: 15.00 - 16.00
Contingent Commander: Captain Deborah Lagdon
School Staff Instructor: 2LT/SSI Jonathan Clarke
Officers: 2Lt J Carter, 2Lt J Clark, 2Lt C Reay, Lt N White