BMS Combined Cadet Force was established in 1900 and comprises three sections: the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force.

BMS CCF is a proud organisation aiming to inspire our students in Year 9 and above to grow their abilities and go further in life. We develop students of all abilities and backgrounds, improving self-confidence, teamwork, friendship, leadership and community spirit through a wide range of fun and exciting activities.

The syllabus is delivered by a committed team of extremely talented Cadet Force adult volunteers who provide a varied and exciting training programme throughout the year, underpinned by the Core Values of Discipline, Respect for Others, Integrity, Loyalty and Selfless Commitment.

The CCF parades every Monday evening between 4:15pm and 5:30pm during term time. Cadets are expected to attend each week, take part in one or two training weekends per year and attend a full week’s summer camp or course during the holidays at least once during their time with the Corps. To that end if students have alternative co-curricular interests that coincide with cadet activities, CCF may not be for them.

"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 (2004-15), 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 dinghys at Priory Marina. For more detailed information on the Cadet Experience, please click here.

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. For more detailed information on the Cadet Experience, please click here.

RAF – The RAF Section concentrate on flight-related activities, with opportunities to learn to glide and potentially fly in light aircraft as their training progresses. For more detailed information on the Cadet Experience, please click here.

In addition all cadets have the 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 dinghy 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 suitably trained. Cadets are encouraged to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and use the CCF to complete various parts of the award.