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Combined Cadet Force

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Providing opportunities for adventure and challenge, as well as the skills of leadership and team-working, the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) has been an important element of Felsted life for more than 150 years.

What does the Felsted CCF offer?

Felsted CCF provides a modern and safe environment in which young people develop the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance, and at the same time learn more about themselves and others.

This provides excellent transferable skills to use in all walks of life and although some pupils are inspired to go on to military service, the CCF is not a recruitment tool for the armed forces. 

From the Junior Leaders programme, undertaken by pupils in Year 9, all the way through to becoming a Junior Under Officer in the Upper Sixth, every cadet has the chance to try new skills, work under pressure and experience new activities. There are also  ample opportunities to lead other cadets and learn the important quality of self reflection, with pupils encouraged to evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses through a range of activities and tasks. Many Sixth Form pupils go on to apply for roles of responsbility within the school such as the Head of School or Senior Prefect, and their experiences in the CCF provides great preparation for this, as well further education and their future careers.

Three pupils in CCF uniform climbing up a climbing wall


The CCF provides many opportunities for our students to enhance their learning off site. These include:

  • Annual 24 hour exercise in September
  • Annual range day in March
  • CCF Summer Camp
  • Opportunity to attend Army STEM Camp
  • Opportunity to attend Senior Cadet Instructor course
  • Opportunity to attend adventure training courses (Climbing, Kayaking, Mountaineering etc…) 
  • Opportunities to complete Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions
Sixth Form girls in CCF cadet uniform directing Junior leaders


Felsted's Combined Cadet Force is one of the Sixth oldest in the country alongside Eton, Harrow, Rugby, Rossall and Hurstpierpoint.

Felsted School first raised a Cadet Corps in 1860, However, Felsted claims the primary place in this list as military training started at the School on an unofficial basis under the Headmaster’s direction before the War Office letter of 12th May 1859, inviting schools and universities to raise Volunteer Corps.

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