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Combined Cadet Force

Welcome from Contingent Commander

The Combined Cadet Force is an integral part of the pupil experience at Mount Kelly and is an organisation of which the officers and cadets are immensely proud.  We are fortunate to be affiliated to 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery, 1st Battalion (The Rifles) and HMS Argyll. 

It should be stressed that the CCF is not an organisation which seeks to recruit young people into the forces but rather a youth training group which is supported and funded by the MOD.   Within the CCF we strive to bring out the very best qualities in each pupil; our aim being to encourage resilience, managed risk-taking, pride in the contingent and wider school, service, duty, challenge and leadership skills. 

Pupils who have found the classroom environment challenging have often discovered dormant skills and abilities through the CCF.  As a consequence their confidence has grown which has had a positive impact on their wider success in the school. 

Membership of the CCF is compulsory for all pupils in Years 9 and 10.  In Year 9 the focus is very much on fun activities which build confidence and leadership.  When in Year 10 cadets make a decision about whether to join the Navy or Army sections and follow the relevant basic syllabus of training.  Cadets can then (and many do) opt to remain with the CCF as senior cadets in Year 11 when promotions become available. 

Senior cadets complete the CFIT (Cadet Forces Instructional Techniques) course which is rigorously assessed by contingent officers and members of the regular forces.  This instils in the seniors the confidence to instruct younger cadets in the basic syllabus with the support of the officers.  There are many opportunities to attend other leadership courses and a Summer Camp at the end of the year which cadets from any year group can attend.  Activities on Summer Camp include military skills, survival training, coasteering, sports, a contingent exercise and more leisurely pursuits such as a trip to the beach for some surfing instruction.  This is a fantastic opportunity for pupils and staff to share experiences together – the highlight for many pupils is encouraging the Contingent Commander or School Staff Instructor to leap from the highest points during the coasteering activities.  We have normally recovered our nerves by the time of the next Summer Camp.

At the end of the school year the senior pupils have the opportunity to attend the prestigious Senior Cadets’ Dinner alongside the Contingent officers, the Head Master and guests from the regular services.  It is a very special evening where cadets are introduced to the pleasures of formal military dining which is punctuated with various traditions, toasts and addresses throughout the evening.

Any overview of the CCF would not be complete without a brief introduction to Mr Nick Bottrell, the SSI (School Staff Instructor).  Mr Bottrell served for 26 years in the British Army and has a passion and dedication to the CCF which has made it one of the jewels in the Mount Kelly crown.  His loyal service to the contingent and its cadets has created a sense of esprit de corps which would be difficult to rival.

I look forward to seeing all of our pupils pass through the ranks of the Mount Kelly Combined Cadet Force.  

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Mount Kelly Contingent Commander