Combined Cadet Force

Our Combined Cadet Force is sponsored by the Ministry of Defence and the Department of Education. The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is recognised as a first class, extracurricular activity. It provides opportunities to exercise and learn leadership skills in a disciplined environment.

Our Combined Cadet Force is an Army section. It is affiliated with The Corps of Royal Engineers, usually just called the Royal Engineers (RE), and commonly known as the Sappers. It provides military engineering and other technical support to the British Armed Forces and is headed by the Chief Royal Engineer.

Through structured, adventurous activities, Cadets take responsibility to live the Droylsden Academy Values. This experience lets Cadet develop a sense of service to their country and community. They are true champions and ambassadors of ‘British Values’ within the school.

The CCF offers students an opportunity to develop a wide-range of relationships. They build new friendships and work together to take on new challenges. Whatever academic ability, the CCF provides unique opportunities for all to shine.

Very few schools offer this opportunity to their pupils, we are very proud that we do.


The CCF contingent offers our students a unique and broad range of activities, such as:

  • Adventure Training;
  • Leadership;
  • Marksmanship;
  • Drill;
  • Community work;
  • First Aid;
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award;
  • Expeditions;
  • Field Craft;
  • and Summer Camps.

The Combined Cadet Force is good for personal development and the building of Character, which is a key value of our school.
Cadet Unit Staff: Cadet Leaders and the Contingent Commander each hold the Queen’s Commission as CCF Officers. They work under the guidance of our assigned Army Cadet Instructor, Darren Sarginson.
Joining the CCF is completely voluntary. You are not expected or encouraged to pursue a military career. If, however, this is something that you are considering, it will provide a fantastic first step.
Cadets begin training in Year 8 and 9 and this extends throughout their time at the Academy and beyond.  A Pre-Cadet recruitment programme also begins in the summer term of Year 7.
Weekly training in the first year will provide a firm military foundation. Cadets will cover weapon training, marksmanship, field-craft, navigation skills, first aid and drill.
Schools that have Cadet units have seen significant benefits for their young people, both in their schools and the local community. Cadets are also seen to have an improvement in attainment, commitment, self-confidence and discipline. Relationships between staff and students have improved.