Combined Cadet Force (CCF)


Lancing has a long tradition of CCF training and today the sight of 200 Lancing volunteers in their Army and RAF cadet uniforms undergoing training on Wednesday afternoons is impressive.

Lancing’s CCF programme offers pupils a broad range of challenging, exciting, adventurous and educational activities. In

Our aim is to:

  • enable the development of personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline outside the classroom
  • build teamwork and problem solving skills
  • learn new skills such as first aid, orienteering and life saving
  • provide the opportunity to take part in new experiences and challenges

The Lancing CCF is an educational partnership between the school and the Ministry of Defence, consisting of an Army and Royal Air Force sections.

These young men and women compete annually at Bisley Camp, take part in adventurous training camps at Easter and participate in overnight exercises in the Ladywell Valley (part of the College grounds) and Pippingford Park (in the Ashfdwon Forest). Each summer the group spends a week at an Army barracks doing activities such as fieldcraft, rock climbing, water sports, first aid, survival, drill, ranges and competitions. 

About the Lancing CCF Programme

Joining Lancing’s CCF unit becomes an option at the end of the Third Form, when pupils take part in the “Third Form Challenge” which consists of an expedition experience lasting over two days and one night.  After the Challenge pupils must choose between Duke of Edinburgh's Award or CCF as options in the College timetable for the Fourth Form.

As cadets progress through their time with the CCF, they are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves and gradually for others. In the early stages, this will involve looking after their uniform and kit, and developing self-discipline and organisational skills to successfully complete their basic training.

As they develop their own skills, they may also be given the opportunity to take responsibility for a small group of cadets as a Junior Non-Commissioned Officer (JNCO).

As JNCOs develop their leadership skills and grow in confidence, they may be asked to step up to the next level, and become a cadet Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) once they start in the Sixth Form. These cadets support the adult volunteers to run activities, deliver lessons, and plan future training for junior cadets.

Lancing’s Contingent Commander is the officer responsible for the day-to-day running of the CCF at the school, and manages each of the different sections.

Enrichment and extension

Trips, exercises and adventurous training are an integral part of the CCF, these usually take place during the Easter and Summer school holidays.

In 2016/17 the CCF have:

  • Spent a week at the Army Training Camp at Crowborough training for an inter-schools competition where Lancing came out as overall winners of the (week’s) competition.
  • Completed an adventure training exercise in Snowdonia including an overnight exercise and climbing Snowdon.