Building self-assurance and encouraging personal growth are priorities at Gresham’s, and our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Contingent is just one way we seek to challenge our students in these areas.

Our CCF focuses on cultivating resourcefulness, responsibility, perseverance and other lifelong attributes while shaping confident and enthusiastic leaders who are not afraid to tackle life’s challenges.

With a strong emphasis on outdoor pursuits, our contingent offers plenty of opportunity for adventure and excitement; pupils relish the many opportunities to test their abilities while facing new and invigorating environments. It also gives an insight into military life for those who are interested in a service career and several pupils each year go on to join the armed forces in some capacity.

The CCF provides pupils with lots of opportunities to develop self-reliance, leadership, teamwork and discipline. They can join Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force sections and take opportunities to try rock climbing, shooting, gliding, and mountain biking or kayaking. RN cadets have plenty of scope for sailing and kayaking on the coast and RAF cadets can learn to fly, including experience in RAF aircraft alongside experienced RAF pilots. The school boasts some fantastic facilities that provide cadets the chance to do shooting, sports, climbing, motor mechanics & engineering projects, first aid, lifesaving, navigation and develop through challenges that are both intellectual and physical.

There is also a wide range of camps and courses available for all those who are members of the CCF. These offer the chance to visit MOD training facilities and enjoy such things as powerboating, musicianship, diving, leadership and a host of other military and adventurous skills.

At the conclusion of their training cadets are awarded a record of their proficiency, advanced and continuation training with the RN, Army or RAF Proficiency Certificate.

Our CCF contingent helps students to realise and work towards their full potential in an atmosphere, which embraces friendship and fun.