New Cadets

This page has been prepared for pupils who are interested in joining Sir Roger Manwood’s School CCF.  It explains how the training is carried out, what is expected of cadets, and provides some administrative information.  Pupils in Y8 and above may join the CCF at any time.

First Parade for the next Y8 intake was Wednesday 16th Sep 15.

If you wish to join in September you can download and hand in the registration form in June after the Y7 CCF assembly.

Please see the details on CCF Subscriptions on our About us Page.  


UNIFORM is issued on loan to each cadet.  A deposit of £25 will be returned when uniform is returned.  The uniform consists of a T shirt, thermal shirt, shirt, trousers, belt, beret and a combat jacket. An additional shirt and trousers are issued when cadets attend weekend training and/or camp for the first time.  Uniform exchange is free but returned uniform may need to be issued to other cadets so it must be returned clean.

Boots need to be purchased.  We stock boots at £30 for new boots or £10 for second hand.  Alternatively cadets can purchase boots at army surplus shops or on-line shops.  If your old boots need exchanging because they are too small but are still in a decent condition we can exchange second hand for second hand or we can buy your old boots back for £10 and resell them second hand.

Berets are issued with the uniform but tend to go missing regularly so we charge £5 for replacements as we have to purchase the beret badges and pay to have them sewn onto the berets.

Payment should be made by cash or cheque payable to SRMS CCF.

CCF starts at 1530 hours.  If cadets wear uniform (including beret) to and from school, they are required to wear it correctly with boots clean and polished with shirts and jackets properly fastened.  Cadets may change into uniform at school.  Changes of uniform sizes are available through CCF staff on Wednesdays.  Other training clothing and equipment is issued when required.  CCF ends by 1715 hours.


Cadet training is mainly of an active and practical nature, generally conducted outdoors.  Some lunch-time shooting is carried out in the 25 metre range.  In the summer and winter terms there is a Field Weekend when training takes place on a local MOD training area.  In the spring term and at Annual Camp, there is a Range Day, when cadets fire weapons under the supervision and control of our qualified officers and the local Cadet Training Team.  The Training Team comprises of regular service personnel selected to train cadets.  Annual Camp takes place for a week at the end of the summer term.  Adventure Training usually takes place for a week in the Easter holiday.

Basic Training

Basic Training for Y8 cadets takes place in September and October.  It will include basic drill movements, recognition and understanding of the badges of rank and initial weapon handling training.

Further Training

SHOOTING & SAFETY is taught and tested to competition standard with the .22 No. 8 Rifle, the 5.56 mm Cadet Rifle and occasionally other weapons.  Until a cadet has passed the mandatory Weapon Handling Safety Test, they are not allowed to fire the weapons.

MAP & COMPASS work teaches the elements of navigation and is very useful on Field Days, Annual Camp and expedition work on Adventure Training.

FIELDCRAFT is taught to enable cadets to move individually or in sections in the field, in daylight or darkness, with or without weapons and equipment as required, and to act as a sentry.

SELF RELIANCE teaches cadets to look after themselves safely in the field with cooking and camping, with or without tents, using ration packs, individual cookers and mess tins.

CONFIDENCE COURSE training provides tuition in crossing various types of obstacle safely, presenting challenges and developing the confidence and physical abilities of all cadets.

FIRST AID is taught to cadets at various levels.  Staff members are First Aid trained, to cover the type and location of all CCF training being carried out.

ADVANCED TRAINING is aimed at widening and advancing a cadet’s abilities and interests, military knowledge, leadership and command.  It will prepare cadets for moving onto careers in either a civilian or military environment.  Senior cadets use their knowledge and expertise to assist with the training of younger cadets and they are expected at all times to set sensible high standards in both performance and reliability.  Advanced training includes Non Commissioned Officer Cadre (Methods of Instruction), adventure training, Royal Signals (radio training), First Aid and Advanced Infantry.

ARMY PROFICIENCY CERTIFICATES are awarded to competent cadets who have qualified in several compulsory training topics and one Advanced Training activity.  A Recruit Test is taken part-way through the summer term.  Further tests include Inspection and Drill, Shooting and Safety, Map and Compass, Fieldcraft and Self Reliance.  If these are completed successfully, the cadet is entitled to wear a Half Red Star on the uniform.  If the cadet also qualifies in an Advanced Subject, then a Full Red Star may be worn.  Qualification in two or more Advanced Subjects leads to the award of a Yellow Star.  Various other Proficiency Badges are worn when they are awarded.  The overall time for a cadet to qualify for the APC is usually between five and six terms.

ADVENTURE TRAINING is supervised by Contingent Officers, qualified Adult Instructors and the Cadet Training Team.  Past locations have been Snowdonia, Cornwall, the Peak District and Lake District.  Conditions for training are physically and mentally more demanding than in normal training at school and are designed to develop endurance, leadership and self-reliance skills.  Most equipment is supplied by the MOD and the CCF.

ANNUAL CAMP will include military and adventurous training and supervision is provided by MOD personnel, Contingent Officers and Adult Instructors.

ARMY COURSES of various types are available to some senior cadets (Years 11, 12 and 13).  The courses include Cadet Leadership, Royal Signals, Outward Bound, Ski-ing, Canoeing and Climbing.  Cadets who attend such courses receive professional instruction and receive an end of course report.  Transport to and from such courses is free and food is included in the course cost (usually £30 for the weeks training).

THE ROYAL SIGNALS SECTION was first formed in 1905. Signals’ training is part of every cadet’s training in Advanced Infantry. Modern army radios are used. Some cadets take a Signals Classification Test, become Assistant Signals Instructors and assist with the training of the other cadets in the Contingent.

CCF Band

THE CCF BAND OF FIFES AND DRUMS was formed in 1921 and traditionally plays an important part in Corps activities.  It leads ceremonial parades on CCF Inspection Day, Civic Sunday, School Founder’s Day and Remembrance Day and may take part in the Sandwich Christmas Carnival.  Sandwich town relies heavily on our unique presence on such days. The Band Master, Drum Major, Senior Drummer and Senior Flautist are responsible for the training and preparation for all parades.  The band wears the same uniform as the contingent but has additional ceremonial items of uniform such as white gloves, white belts, red sashes, green ‘seaweed’, white drag ropes on the drums, and leopard skins worn by the cymbalists, the Bass Drummer and Tenor Drummer.  The Drum Major wears a special corps sash and carries the corps band mace.

Sections, Teams and Groups Training

One Wednesday each month is dedicated to cadets attending one of the sections/teams/groups within the CCF.  They are currently the Shooting Team, CCF Band, Signals Section and a First Aid Team.

Cadet Administration

A CADET’S RECORD OF SERVICE is maintained and a continuous record of progress is logged as each new qualification is obtained.

INSURANCE COVER is in place covering all CCF training activities, including travel when in uniform between home and school and travel in vehicles to authorised CCF training at locations away from school.  Personal possessions must however be covered by personal insurance cover.  Cadets are discouraged from bringing valuable, fragile and/or expensive items on training exercises, both at school and on camps.  Cadets are not to bring dangerous items such as flick knives and sheath knives.  Pen Knives with blades no more than 2 inches are allowed.

LEAVING THE CCF  During their time at school some cadets will find other activities that clash with CCF or they may just lose interest.  When attendance has been poor a letter will be sent to parents to confirm the intention to continue with the CCF.  When a cadet leaves the CCF, they are required to return ALL UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT IN A CLEAN STATE.  For cadets joining after Sep 2014 some or all of the deposit may be withheld for missing uniform items.  For cadets who joined prior to September 2014 any deficiencies must be paid for.  Some cadets, of course, will stay through to their final term in Year 13, providing valuable support as NCOs and instructors.  

PARENTAL PERMISSION   Before every activity where cadets will either leave the school or participate in adventurous activities we require parental consent.  In the first instance, the REGISTRATION proforma has to be completed and returned to the Contingent Commander before any training commences.  It is thereafter a requirement that we have up to date information on your emergency contact details and any cadet medical conditions each time we either go out of the school or conduct adventurous activities.  A GENERIC CONSENT FORM is required on each occassion and can be downloaded from the FORMS tab on this web site. Please complete the name of the cadet, the activity and the amount of any money (for Adventure Training) submitted with the form.

FEMALES CADETS   A female adult supervisor is required on occasions when the CCF leaves the school.  The CCF has three female adult instructors for Annual Camps, Adventure Training, Field Weekends and Range Days.  Female and male cadets wear the same uniform and undertake the same training.  Care is taken at all times to ensure that the demands made on all cadets are well within their capabilities.


Should you require any further explanation please email or telephone the CCF.  The office is normally open all day Wednesday.