The Combined Cadet Force
The Combined Cadet Force aims to enhance qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, endurance and perseverance and to offer opportunities to develop leadership and resourcefulness. The School boasts a thriving CCF and all Year 9 and 10 pupils take part. For Year 11 and Sixth Form membership is not mandatory, but many opt to continue. There are four sections - Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force.
Training is on Friday afternoons and there are termly field days and camps in the UK or overseas. Pupils develop team work and leadership skills as well as acquiring proficiency in map reading, navigation, shooting and field craft. They also use the climbing wall, the pool for canoeing and there are opportunities for flying and gliding and to take part in sea training. Details of annual summer and adventure training camps and leadership, sailing, sub aqua, first aid and flying courses are sent out to parents throughout the year.
Duke of Edinburgh Award SchemeThere is a thriving Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and the School is one of the few to be awarded the status of an Independent Operating Authority. All year 9 pupils are encouraged to pursue the Bronze Award and currently we have some 400 pupils registered, with many of them following the Gold Award Scheme. Expeditions for Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards take place in the locality, Northumberland and along the Suffolk coastline using the School’s Cornish Shrimpers.