Encouraging Leadership, Adventure and Self-Discovery
Pupils are empowered to pursue a huge range of interests, shared experiences and activities. They begin learning life skills from their earliest days at the School, taking part in adventure training and team-building events. From Year 9, the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme open up a whole range of opportunities.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award
There is a thriving Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme and the School is one of the few to be awarded the status of an Independent Operating Authority. All Year 9 pupils work towards their Bronze Award and, overall, we have some 400 pupils registered, 100 of them following the Gold Award scheme.
Expeditions for Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards take place locally and in Scotland (Rannoch Moor) or Northumberland (Cheviot Hills). There is also the option to complete the expedition on water in the School's Cornish Shrimpers or on horse-back.
Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
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 has a long-established CCF and all Year 9 and 10 pupils take part. For Year 11 and Sixth Form pupils, membership is not mandatory, but many opt to continue. There are four sections: Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force.
Cadets meet every Friday afternoon and there are termly field training days, leadership courses and adventure training camps in the UK and overseas. Pupils develop teamwork and leadership skills, as well as acquiring proficiency in map reading, first aid, navigation, shooting, field craft, safety skills and self-reliance. There are also opportunities for sailing, flying, sub-aqua, rock-climbing, coasteering, power-boating and many other outdoor pursuits.
The CCF offers opportunities for personal development and pupils can work towards becoming an NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) after some additional training. They will also have the opportunity to pass on the skills they have learnt to younger cadets and to exercise leadership skills.
Through the CCF, senior pupils can work towards a BTEC First Diploma in Public Services, join the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon squad, compete as part the CCF equestrian team at the Windsor Horse Show or be part of the Royal Marines Pringle Trophy.