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. .

School Pupil wins prestigious RAF Scholarship

Newcastle-under-Lyme School was delighted to welcome RAF Squadron Leader Carrie Rossi, Senior Careers Liaison Officer for Wales and the West Midlands Area. She came to present an RAF Sixth Form Scholarship to local Newcastle student Edward Cooper.

This prestigious award provides a financial reward as well as offering a training course in leadership and an opening to apply for direct entry to the RAF at the age of 18 or further sponsorship through University.

Ed participates in Newcastle-under-Lyme School’s Combined Cadet Force programme. 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 to be composed of all three sections.

CCF Dinner 2014: RAF Medics fly in!

On Friday 31st January two former members of the CCF RAF Section returned to school for the Contingents Annual Dinner. Jo O’Neill and Louisa Price are both Doctors with the RAF Medical Service and they joined Officers, Upper Sixth cadets and invited guests in the Memorial Hall. After the usual toasts the Contingent Commander shared his views on the CCF as a family. Louisa then addressed the Dinner and finished with some excellent advice for the Upper Sixth cadets for when they leave school later in the year.

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