The Combined Cadet Force has been an integral part of St John’s for over 100 years, originating in the School’s Officer Training Corps, founded in 1912. Initially the aim of the CCF was to train youngsters to become future soldiers and sailors, but after 1945 the focus shifted from providing pre-service training to equipping young people with the essential life skills of self-reliance, teamwork, leadership and responsibility through a wide range of exciting and stimulating activities.
Today’s CCF comprises over 350 cadets in three sections: Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force. All Lower Fifth pupils participate for an introductory year, after which CCF is a voluntary activity. Training takes place on Thursday afternoons, supplemented by one Field Day per term and a week-long annual camp every summer. In addition there are a host of camps and courses made available to cadets, offering training in everything from mountaineering to power boating and diving, either free or at a substantially reduced cost.