About, FACE! News from Forest School’s CCF

Established as the Rifle Corps in 1882, the Combined Cadet Force in all its earlier guises, is one of the longest standing institutions here at Forest.

This week is particularly busy for our cadets. The Contingent, still named The Rifles, will be parading here at School on Sunday for Remembrance Day, as well as marching on Saturday at the Lord Mayor’s Show (live on BBC1 for those who can’t make it into town to see the event), and supporting the evening’s firework display at School.

Leading the Contingent will be newly promoted Contingent Commander, Captain Bassett-Jones! Martin has successfully completed a two-year probation along with a Commanding Officer course and has been expanding the offering here at Forest School to cement the CCF as one of the most popular co-curricular activities we have. Along with drills, drumming, and exercises here at base, our pupils enjoy outstanding outward-bound and team-building activities. Adventurous Training sees them coasteering, scuba diving, sailing, and rock-climbing (to name but a few activities), whilst the long and short camps provide them with opportunities to fly, practise night manoeuvres, build leadership skills, and form life-long friendships with pupils from all year groups.

We have also extended this outstanding provision to the London Academy of Excellence, who will be joining us for our Wednesday afternoon activities. Here’s to another 140 years of the CCF at Forest School!