Over the summer, 100 Oundle School Combined
Cadet Force (CCF) cadets attended a camp at Warcop Training Camp in
of the most eagerly anticipated exercises was the ‘Oundle School Call of Duty’
which involved cadets approaching and manoeuvring through an abandoned
building, clearing each room methodically in as short a time as possible.
Fifth Form (Year 11) cadet, Harry Jenkinson
commented, “Having spent a relaxed couple of weeks on study
leave at home following the completion of my GCSEs, I thoroughly enjoyed the
challenges of this week long summer camp. The ‘Call of Duty’ exercise certainly
lived up to expectations, as it was a means of combat new to us all; firing blanks in the close confines of each
room was thrilling.”
‘Watermanship’ and laser days were really popular as was the adventure training
day with an astonishing range of activities including rock climbing, gorge
walking, ghilli-scrambling (going up a watercourse instead of down) and
mountain biking. The laser battlefield was exhilarating and very intense with each
team putting in to practice military techniques with varying success rates.
highlights include ‘Warcop Wanderer’ (charges on enemy positions involving
large amounts of gunfire) as well as activities involving an ambush, an obstacle
course, navigation and first aid.
concluded, “In short, the camp this year
gave everyone a good insight into what life in the CCF would be like in the
following year, and gave each of us important skills to take away, as well as
providing significant challenges and opportunities.”
Staff Instructor, Sergeant Major Mike Williams commented, “The camp was a great success; every day the pupils returned from
training with big smiles on their faces.
The house clearing was a particular hit with the Oundle cadets achieving
one of the quickest times of any school throughout the whole period of the camp. It was a well administered camp and ranks up
there with the best camps I have been on in 16 camp attendances.”
Oundle’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
Contingent Commander: Major A.C.
Mansergh Royal Marines
Cadet Force is the largest single organisation in the School; numbering 460
cadets out of an eligible pool of 820 pupils. Eighteen members of staff provide
a varied and exciting training programme every Wednesday afternoon during the
term. Additional staff assist during the field weekends and holiday periods.
Success and recognition is achieved at national levels; in both 2010 and 2011 a
senior cadet was the runner up in The Duke of Westminster Award. Drawn from the
country’s best 200 cadets this annual competition is run to find the top
cadets. Oundle has produced three finalists in the last four years.
CCF comprises of three sections: the Army Section, the Royal Navy Section and
the RAF section, and is compulsory for all pupils for one year only (in the
Fourth Form or Year 10). All three sections have a common core of Drill,
Turnout and Skill at Arms. The RN Section then specialises in rowing, sailing
and power boating, the Army Section in infantry skills and tactics, and the RAF
Section in flight training. At the end of their Fourth Form year cadets may
leave or decide to stay in the CCF. For
those who wish to continue their cadet careers the options include remaining in
the Single Service Sections, undertaking NCO Cadre training, or joining one of
the specialist training sections: Fire and Rescue (the unit trains on its own
fire engine), Adventure Training, and Diving.
takes place every Wednesday afternoon with two field weekends, one in September
and one in April. In addition, every cadet will undertake at least one camp
during School holidays. These camps include skiing in the Alps, diving in the
Red Sea, climbing in the Alps and Scottish Highlands, as well as military camps
organised by the RAF and Army.
Oundle School Corps dates back to 1902, as the 'Rifle Corps' 1st (Volunteer)
Battalion the Northamptonshire Regiment. Since 1958, the Cadet Corps at Oundle
has continuously maintained all three Service sections (Royal Navy, Army and
Royal Air Force). Cadets are able to attend the many national camps and courses
available to them, some of which are aimed towards gaining qualifications (e.g.
power-boating and first aid) whilst others are aimed at developing leadership
and teamwork skills.