Combined Cadet Force
The Combined Cadet Force at Giggleswick is a highly productive area of the school's academic and extra-curricular provision. Training within the three sections (Army, RAF and one of only 18 Royal Marines Detachments in the UK) focuses on the development of personal responsibility and leadership where cadets are regularly placed in challenging experiences designed to boost self esteem and extend comfort zones.
In Year 10 the CCF is part of the school curriculum with all cadets following a core first term then choosing which of the three sections they wish to join. At the end of the summer term all cadets attend a UK central camp.
In Year 11 and above cadets can choose to stay with the CCF and strive to achieve many of the additional benefits it offers. Cadets can shoot, conduct adventure training, take part in overnight exercises, fly, glide, perform military music; the opportunities are restricted only by the availability of courses and time.
Promotions within the CCF are earned on merit and are a clear reflection of the level of respect that officers have for the cadets; this statement of personal ability is well recognised by admissions tutors at university.
In addition to traditional military qualifications cadets can gain Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Awards, earn an additional 4 A/A* GCSE's through the CVQO Public Services BTEC scheme, attend nationally recognised Leadership Awards at Frimley Park, qualify as a pilot, or gain nationally recognised first aid qualifications.
The rewards of membership of the CCF can be a simple as memories of overnight exercises or as significant as additional academic qualifications. The opportunities are available for whoever wishes to take the challenge.
Giggleswick CCF contingent received its biennial inspection report in January 2011. The Reviewing Officer, Air Cdre CM Smith, commented:
"Giggleswick …. is in a sublime location. The School is blessed with a thriving CCF which is exceptionally well-led by the Contingent Commander who could not have better support from a most engaged and enthusiastic Headmaster. It is a happy unit with well-motivated and dedicated staff and cadets ….."
"The cadets are clearly well led and universally enthusiastic about the organisation they are in; a sense of duty and "can do" attitude pervades not only in the unit but the whole School".
Maj SW Emerson, the Army HQ Cadet Staff Officer commented:
"A good deal of emphasis is placed on external training with attendance on external courses and competitions being well above the average. Of special note is the amount and quality of Adventure Training that takes place throughout the year."