Thornton gives Year 9s the opportunity to join the Combined Cadet Force (CCF).
Thornton College has entered into an exciting partnership with neighbouring Stowe School to offer our current Year 9s the opportunity to join the CCF in September when they enter Year 10.
Nationwide, the CCF is sponsored by the Ministry of Defence and brings together elements from the Army, Navy and RAF through a range of activities, training and residential camps.
Representatives from the CCF at Stowe came to school to talk to the girls about the benefits of being part of such a stimulating initiative. Once signed up to the two-year programme they can look forward to expeditions and field days, weekend activity courses, competitions and camps.
They are given kit and equipment, plus appropriate training to help them develop their powers of leadership, responsibility, endurance and resourcefulness.
The CCF uses the military as a framework to develop life-transferable skills. There are battle drills, field craft, ambushes, plus adventure training such as mountain biking, archery and kayaking. Cadets learn how to work effectively as a team member and how to overcome challenges in situations in which they might not necessarily be confident.
Participants who carry the CCF through to the Sixth Form are also given the chance to take nationally-recognised leadership and management qualifications.
Miss Nichols (suitably trained) will be running CCF from a Thornton perspective. It will take place every Monday afternoon at Stowe School with a weekend camp once a term.