Pocklington School Combined Cadet Force has a very strong reputation and provides its cadets with endless opportunities to step out of their comfort zone whilst challenging themselves in a safe and supervised environment. Our qualified, commissioned Officers lead the training across several disciplines and importantly, our cadets are encouraged to grow into strong leaders and resourceful, confident communicators.
We train every Thursday after school and have our own purpose designed CCF Centre on the school campus. Uniform is provided; cadets are asked to purchase their own boots (£20 approx) that they can keep once they retire from the Contingent.
Membership of the CCF is voluntary and pupils opt for either the Army or RAF sections. The following core activities are common to both sections:
- Skill at arms
- Personal survival
- Inter-platoon competition
- Indoor range target shooting and air rifle range
In addition, Army cadets participate in:
- Basic field craft and Infantry skills
In addition, RAF cadets participate in:
- RAF history
- RAF Station visits
- Air experience flying
- Aviation Training package, Ground School and Gliding
The Fifth Year CCF programme builds on the basic training package through a challenging and rewarding scheme that includes:
- Advanced skill at arms
- Advanced field craft (Army only)
- Range firing at Strensall and indoor range target shooting
- Personal survival
- Leadership and team building training
- Cadet instructor training
Sixth Form Army and Air Force Cadets become Non-Commissioned officers (NCOs) whose role is to organise and be responsible for our junior cadets. Our Senior Cadets work alongside our Officers during training sessions and provide leadership during competitions.
Additional Training Opportunities
Cadets can opt to take part in various additional training activities including:
CCF Overnight Exercise (one per term)
Termly exercises help to build fieldcraft, skill at arms and survival skills.
Pocklington Town Remembrance Parade
All Fifth Year and Sixth Form cadets.
Ex Black Rat
Infantry competition run by 4X CTT, Sat-Sun, Army only.
RAF Inskip Competition
Regional leadership competition (RAF knowledge, shooting, drill etc.) Sun, RAF only.
Easter residential trip to Keswick. Activities include: mountain biking, climbing, gyhll scrambling and kayaking. Open to all.
Ex New Leader
Overnight field craft exercise to finish the training year for the Fifth Year Army cadets. Supported by Senior NCOs.
Every other year we are visited and inspected by a serving Army/ RAF Officer. This is our opportunity to demonstrate the strength of our Contingent.
All Army and RAF cadets are invited to take part in their respective summer camps that are held during the first week of the Summer holiday. The opportunities are endless and the training is second to none.
There are many opportunities to develop individual skills, both military and adventurous training, by attending courses run by the National Cadet Training Centre or at HQ Air Cadets. Our cadets are encouraged to enjoy the plentiful opportunities on offer to CCF cadets which can take them around the world.