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The Combined Cadet Force at PGS

Penistone Grammar School is one of the few state schools to have a Combined Cadet Force, a Ministry of Defence sponsored youth organisation which provides opportunities for young people from Year 8 to develop leadership, responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness and endurance. Our values are centred around Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence.

Founded in September 2022, the Combined Cadet Force at Penistone Grammar School provides a safe environment where cadets can develop their personal skills as well as their ability to lead and work in a team. Both skills are useful in all walks of life, in the workplace, on the sports field and in other challenges the pupils may encounter in later life. 

The core values of our Combined Cadet Force are: 

  • Courage  

  • Discipline  

  • Integrity 

  • Selfless commitment 

  • Loyalty 

  • Respect for others 

Cadets will be expected to attend Thursdays in well-presented uniform and will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities including: 

  • Field craft (how to live outdoors) 

  • Drill (marching) 

  • Weapon handling (how to safely conduct drills using a rifle) 

  • Physical training 

  • Military skills ………….and much much more.   

Residential Training Opportunities
One of the highlights for the cadets are training camps provided by the Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs). Staying on these camps gives the cadet the chance to make new friends, complete training qualifications and try various activities in a safe environment. These trips will be displayed on our ParentPay facilities.

BTEC Vocational Qualification
Penistone Grammar School CCF offers students the opportunity to enrol on vocational qualifications led by the education charity CVQO. The qualifications are nationally recognised, providing cadets support when applying for university and jobs.

From age 13, students can qualify for the Pearson BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Teamwork, Personal Skills, and Citizenship. This qualification recognises basic CCF skills, e.g. drill, teamwork and fieldwork.

At 16, cadets can enrol in the Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community. Students develop a wide variety of skills, including effective communication, career planning and leadership. The Level 2 Award is an ideal qualification for strengthening higher education or future job applications. 

Learn more about the organisation and BTEC awards by visiting the CVQO website.

The CCF Parade on the Muga Thursdays 1500hrs – 1645hrs (3pm – 4.45pm).

Contingent Commander – 2Lt. R. Lacey
School Staff Instructor – M. Pearce
Officer Commanding Army Section – Sig. J. Wetherall
Section Adults – Troop Sgts: S. Richardson, V. Taylor, S. Pearce, M. Pestell, N. Bates, Z. Allen, V. Thompson

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