The CCF is “an immensely worthwhile organisation and it definitely plays its part in complimenting the academic aims of a school in preparing young people for adult life”.
The Godolphin CCF lives up to that quote through particular personal development in the areas of leadership, self-confidence, self-discipline, and responsibility as well as endurance, resourcefulness and perseverance. The varied and exciting programme runs along the lines of cadet syllabus and includes basic military skills of weapon training, shooting, fieldcraft (living under a poncho and eating Army rations!) and drill as well as activities such as walking, climbing, canoeing and raft building. Girls get the opportunity to develop leadership skills as they progress through the CCF and become responsible for delivery of basic training to newer recruits and leading groups on adventurous activities.
Annual highlights include participation in the arduous Ten Tors Challenge on Dartmoor and the ski trip to Austria where we combine with two school CCF groups for a week of fun. Girls attend two camps each year – one an activities based week at Easter and the second being more military orientated with a large number of other CCF cadets. We spend a few days a year visiting military establishments and, being Royal Artillery sponsored, have excellent support from the local Gunner units at Larkhill and Tidworth. The CCF is also specifically affiliated to the Royal Navy’s HMS Bulwark – one of its biggest ships.
With all that is on offer, it is clear to see why the CCF is such a popular activity at Godolphin. The girls are engaged by the training programme and enjoy the challenges and sense of adventure. They grow in confidence through the emphasis placed on personal development and camaraderie that we engender in each person.
Head of CCF