The aim of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is to provide a disciplined organisation in school so that pupils may develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance. It is not a pre-service organisation, although it acknowledges that one of its objectives is to encourage those who have an interest in the services to become Officers of the Regular or Reserve Forces, and a significant number of officers have indeed had experience in the CCF.
Here at Oxford High, led by Flt Lt R P Hypher (aka Mr Hypher, Head of Physics!), we offer girls the opportunity to discover both the Army and RAF sections and are a partner school with the MCS Combined Cadet Force. Our girls are renowned for their leadership skills, demonstrated by our Sixth Former, Lauren, winning the coveted Cubby Sword for being the leading Cadet in the UK for leadership potential.
In the Army section, military tactics and shooting are offered amongst other activities and in the RAF section, the girls get the chance to go flying, either in military training aircraft, other military aircraft or in gliders. There are also opportunities to shoot at indoor and outdoor ranges, to learn more about the structure of each service, as well as drill and survival tactics.
Full participation also counts as the service activity for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at any level. The students can take part in camps and other opportunities to gain flying, gliding, and even university scholarships.