Newcastle-under-Lyme School CCF is one of over 250 School based Contingents. The CCF is a youth organisation that is sponsored by the Ministry of Defence. Its aim is to enable young people to develop new skills, including leadership, and to give them an insight into the armed forces.
Whilst cadets wear military uniform, they are not members of the armed forces. Officers, who are mostly members of the staff of the schools, hold reserve commissions and appointments.

The Contingent at the school was formed in 1910 as an Officers Training Corps (OTC) for Army cadets. After the Second World War the CCF replaced the OTC. At Newcastle there was initially only an Army section. However by 1967 Royal Navy and Royal Air Force sections had been formed. Today the Contingent is one of the few in the West Midlands to be composed of all three sections.

Pupils can join the CCF at the start of Year 9. After a probationary half term they then opt to join one section for the rest of the year. Many cadets then choose to remain in Year 10 and beyond. In Year 11 a leadership course is run which is the first step to promotion. In the Sixth Form many cadets undertake a BTEC CVQ course in Public Services which is based on the activities they undertake in their section. Sixth form cadets provide the NCOs who undertake much of the training of the cadets.

CCF training has a common core in all three sections. This includes drill and turnout, map and compass and shooting. Each service has its own proficiency syllabus which cadets follow in years 9 to 11. This is supplemented by activities such as adventure training, command tasks, obstacle course training, sailing, flying and gliding. Training takes place after school on Friday afternoons, on termly Field Days and at weekends. In addition all sections attend an Annual Camp each summer. This is the highlight of the year. Usually a week in length the Camps give the cadets the opportunity to put into practice the skills they have acquired during the year. Much of the training here is carried out by regular personnel from cadet training and liaison teams.

The CCF is not a recruiting organisation. However their membership has encouraged some cadets to join the regular forces. At present there are ex cadets in all three services. Their appointments range from high level MOD policy, active service in Afghanistan and the Gulf to undertaking their basic training at the start of their career. At the annual CCF dinner in February a number of ex cadets are always in attendance including some serving in the regular and reserve forces.

The Contingent always welcomes contact from parents who wish to know more about its activities. In addition, in recent years, an increasing number of ex cadets have been getting in touch with the Contingent. The easiest method of contact is via the Contingent Commander CDR Nick Carter RNR. His e-mail address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We will remember them

Local Veterans joined the School community at our Armistice Day Remembrance Service.

CCF Dinner 2015

On Friday 30th January Captain Kevin Fleming BSc(Hons) MA ARCS Royal Navy came to school for the Contingents Annual Dinner. Upper Sixth cadets and invited guests enjoyed a formal meal in the Memorial Hall. After the usual toasts the Contingent Commander shared his views on the CCF as a family. Captain Fleming then addressed the Dinner. It was a fantastic evening of music, dinner and company enjoyed by all.

Newcastle Town Remembrance Parade

45 CCF Cadets participated in the town Remembrance Parade on Sunday. They laid ninety-one crosses to commemorate the pupils of the school who died in the First World War. These were laid at a special ceremony at the Cenotaph after the main Remembrance service.

CCF Biennial Review Day

On Friday 10th October the School CCF Contingent held its Biennial Review Day at Swynnerton Training area. After inspecting the Guard of Honour, the Reviewing officer, Captain C E W King RN, visited all three sections and the new recruits from Year 9. As usual each section was seen undertaking a range of training activities. Both the Headmaster and the Bursar were present and they tried their hand on the Archery Stand. The afternoon ended with an endurance race followed by a parade when Captain King addressed the Contingent.

RN Squirrel flies NULS RAF cadets

A Squirrel helicopter from 70 Naval Air Squadron based at RAF Shawbury, flew cadets and staff from NULS during the Field Day at Swynnerton Training area. Commander Carter also enjoyed a sortie and several cadets flew over NULS and picked out the developing Stinton block.

CCF RAF Section Photo

The cadets in the RAF section of the Combined Cadets Force assemble for a final photograph before the eldest members leave.

CCF Charity Cheque Presented

CCF RN Section cadets have been busy raising money for a charity nominated by their Affiliated Ship – HMS Scott. Events included sponsored canoeing, rowing and dinghy rigging. A total of £680 was raised for The Centipede Trust which supports babies and young children born with developmental difficulties. At the recent CCF Hydrographic Warfare Weekend at HMS Raleigh a cheque was presented by senior cadets to Commander Pat Mowatt, the Commanding Officer of HMS Scott.

CCF Update: January 2014

January 2014 sees the Contingent in fine health. Numbers are at their highest for several years with over 80 per cent of Year 9 joining in the Autumn Term. As well as the parade nights and Field day all three sections undertook weekend training between September and November. This ranged from Leadership Training for Junior NCOs to advanced Ambush Training for the Army section.

The Spring Term will be no less busy. The Royal Navy will be attending the Royal Navy Warfare Weekend at HMS Raleigh in March. This annual event which has been held since 1985 will give the RN recruits a taste of Naval Life. The Royal Air Force will be commencing Flying again after an enforced break due to technical problems and the section will also be taking to the air in Gliders. On Field Day the Recruits will have an opportunity to spend a night in the field and undertake a night patrol exercise.

Since the last update UO Eshu Ganapathy has left the Contingent to commence his medical studies in India. He has been replaced by UO Laura Dulson who was the Senior Cadet in the Army Section last Year.

The Senior Cadets for the three sections are as follows:

Royal Navy: Coxn Emily Tunnicliffe

Army: CSM Jordan Broadhead

Royal Air Force: WO Eton Chung.

CCF Biennial Review Day 2012

Group Captain Dominic Toriati was the Reviewing Officer for the 2012 Biennial Review Day at Swynnerton Training area. The Group Captain who is an Old Boy of the school was accompanied by Staff officers from all three services. The Headmaster, Bursar and Chair of Governors also spent the day with the Contingent. Group Captain Toriati was hosted around the training by Upper sixth pupil and RAF Cpl Sharmaine Rizvi.

Activities inspected varied from Royal Naval leadership tasks to Firing on the DCCT range. RAF Shawbury provided a helicopter so that all RAF cadets could have a flight around the local area. A particular highlight was the first aid stand with realistic casualties of a bomb left by the side of a road. The new recruits were given an insight into life in the forces by the local armed forces recruiting team. There was plenty of time for Group Captain Toriati to chat with the cadets and share their experiences of the past year in the CCF.

The day ended with the traditional endurance race where the RAF just beat the Army by one second. Group Captain Toriati then addressed a parade of the cadets before returning to his post of OC RAF Odiham and Commanding Officer of the Chinook helicopter fleet.

CCF Summer Term 2012 Update

After a hectic Spring term of training the CCF enters the final term of the year in good shape.  All three sections including the recruits undertook weekend training last term. This included the RAF overnight leadership exercise at Swynnerton with Ellesmere College and Hartshill ATC. The RAF also attended Easter Camp at RAF Shawbury. Here Year 9 cadet Tom Knowles was awarded the title of Cadet of the Camp. The Royal Navy travelled to Plymouth for the Annual Warfare weekend at HMS Raleigh and enjoyed several hours on the water. Meanwhile the Army continued to practice their fieldcraft skills at Swynnerton.

Cadet Warrant Officer Edward Cooper has been made a Lord Lieutenants Cadet for Staffordshire for 2012. This is a great honour for both Edward and the Contingent.

The term ahead includes the final round of the Inter-Section Victor Ludorum competition with the endurance race on 4th May.  With examinations the pace slackens as the term progresses. However all three sections will be preparing for Summer Camps and Courses in Northern Ireland, Yorkshire and Devon. Cadets from the Royal Naval Section will also  be taking part in the RN CCF Channel expedition.

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