CCF at Downside
The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) has always been an integral part of life at Downside. It exists to enable the development of personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline.
Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
Pupils throughout the School are able to take part in a broad range of challenging, exciting and adventurous activities. All Third Form (aged 13+) pupils are able to experience the full range of CCF activity during the academic year. At the end of the Third Form, pupils can elect to move onto the Royal Navy, or Army, section in their senior years at Downside. One full afternoon per week is allocated to CCF activity, with additional camps, expeditions and training sessions scheduled throughout the year.
Current activities available through the CCF at Downside include:
- Learn to Sail course
- Open Canoe course
- Climbing course
- Mountain Bike Foundation course
- Caving course
- Ski Touring Norway trip
Pupils who are involved within CCF activity are eligible to apply to take part in the Ten Tors expeditions and Duke of Edinburgh award training.
- November – Remembrance Service at the War Memorial
- November – Downside CCF Band lead the Bath
- Remembrance Parade
- May – Inspection Day Parade
- Duke of Edinburgh training and expeditions
- Ten Tors training and expeditions
- Field Days
- Night Exercises
- Weekly training events, both on and off site
Short History of The Combined Cadet Force
The Downside CCF began as the Officers’ Training Corps in 1909, and became known as the CCF in 1948. Many of the Old Gregorians who fought in the Great War, and Second World War, were former members of the Downside OTC.
- In 1912 the War Office gave the Downside OTC permission to open a firing range with service ammunition at the lower end of the third cricket field.
- In 1919, when the boys returned for school they were surprised to find a captured German artillery piece from the Great War mounted in the quad.
- When the Prince of Wales visited Downside in 1923, the OTC formed a guard of honour for him as he laid a wreath at the War Memorial.