Bedford Modern School CCF was established in 1900 and today comprises around 120 cadets who are members of the Royal Navy, Army or RAF Sections. It is attended by boys and girls from BMS, Bedford Free School, Rushmoor, and St Andrews School and is a vibrant, inclusive, family organisation.
The CCF aims to develop self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance, leadership and resilience in a fun, active and disciplined environment and is supported by 11 staff delivering a varied and exciting training programmed during the year.
The CCF parades every Tuesday evening between 4:15pm and 6:00pm during term time (Cadets can be released at 5:30pm with prior agreement, should they need to utilise normal school transport). Cadets are expected to attend each week, take part in one or two training weekends per year and attend a full week’s camp or course during the holidays at least once during their time with the Corps.
"I’m really proud to have won this award as the competition was tough, testing leadership skills, tactics and reactions under pressure as well as physical strength. The weekend was a fantastic success for the entire team and as section commander I was really proud of their commitment. It was a great experience and gave us all an opportunity to put into practice what we have learned." OBM and Former Head Girl, Charlie Rex, winner of the Combat Cadet Competition
Each section specialises in training applicable to their parent service, thus they each have a separate emphasis:
Royal Navy – The Royal Navy Section specialisation is afloat training such as sailing, and power-boating and other water borne activities. For example each week, during the summer term, the Section conduct afloat training using MoD provided dinghy’s at Priory Marina.
Army – The Army Section training is based on advanced infantry training such as skill at arms, shooting, map reading/navigation and first aid. There are various leadership cadres available.
RAF – The RAF Section concentrate on flight related activities, with opportunity to learn to glide and potentially fly in light aircraft as their training progresses.
In addition all cadets have chance (and are encouraged) to attend RN, Army and RAF run camps and courses. There are a host of development opportunities run by the services for cadets ranging from basic dingy sailing, to off-shore yachting, to overseas climbing and mountaineering expeditions all the way through to Teaching and Instruction courses. In addition every service provide dedicated Leadership and Development training to their cadets. Typically our senior cadets provide the majority of the syllabus instruction and mentoring to younger cadets once suitable trained. Cadets are encouraged to take part in the D of E Award scheme, and use the CCF to complete various parts of the award.