The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) really does provide “the Cadet Experience”, a dynamic enhancement to the student experience whilst at SeafordCollege.
From their second term in Year 9 all students attend for a minimum of three terms as members of the College Contingent, serving in the Army, Royal Air Force or Royal Navy sections.
We take the requirements of the syllabus very seriously, and deliver a comprehensive package that equips the Cadet with skills that he or she may not otherwise gain:
We call upon the services of trained and qualified adult staff to deliver not only the Casualty Aid (CASAID) training that leads to the basic CCF qualification, but also the majority of the elements of the St John Ambulance First Aider course. Our hope is that Cadets will never have to apply their knowledge for real, but equally we wish that they be best equipped for the unexpected in order to be able to render assistance and perhaps save a life.
Map Reading, Compass Work and Navigation
These three activities are inter-related, and cadets have the opportunity to learn how to use a Silva compass. Cadets spend time learning how to navigate around the College grounds before moving further afield into the College Woods and onto the South Downs. The Contingent sponsors teams of 4 to take part in the Charlton Chase Night Navigation Competition, organised by West Sussex County Council in February of each year. Seaford College has won the competition for the past three years.
This comprises a sizeable part of the training time, and the skills are demonstrated on two public occasions: annually on Remembrance Sunday when the Cadets parade in memory of those fallen since the First World War; biennially in the summer term when we have our Inspection Parade. The training includes Marching Drills, Weapon Handling, Team-building Command Tasks and Fieldcraft. Cadets are able to practise these skills on:
- Easter Camp, a week-long adventure training camp in Wales, Cornwall or other location in which Cadets can do climbing, abseiling, quad biking and similar.
- Summer Camp, a week-long camp held at an Army training establishment and run by Regular Army soldiers of the Cadet Training Teams – military skills can be enhanced during this fun and action packed course.
- Walking weekends, which afford the opportunity to walk, navigate, camp and cater independently, though under supervision.
The outcome of time spent in the Contingent is that Cadets become more self-disciplined, self-reliant, self-confident and understand traditional values that will serve them well as they move through the education system into the world of work.