The aim of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is to provide a disciplined organisation within the school so that our pupils develop their powers of leadership, responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance and a sense of service to the community.
Membership is voluntary from the Summer term of Year 9.
Ryde School CCF comprises two Service sections, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
The aims of the CCF are developed by a central core of activities at two proficiency levels.
- Basic drill
- Understanding of the role of the Services
- Map reading
- Safe weapons handling and shooting
- Self-reliance training: camp-craft, adventurous training, expedition training and first-aid
The Ryde School RN Service sector sails regularly from Sea View Yacht Club and has enjoyed notable success at sailing regattas at both regional and national level. We also have a fleet of eight kayaks and our own .22 rifle range. Officers are fully trained and qualified and we offer regular visits to Naval Establishments and RAF air bases for training that recently has included fire-fighting, damage control and air experience flying.
The Contingent organises an adventurous training week. In recent years we have visited Cornwall, Pembrokeshire, Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, Peak District and Dartmoor. These locations have allowed us to offer even more activities including white water rafting and kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, surfing, coastal orienteering, compass and map work in a variety of terrains, caving, sailing and windsurfing.
Many of our cadets take advantage of the huge number of camps and courses available during the Easter and Summer holidays. On offer are dinghy sailing, yacht sailing, power boating, windsurfing, kayaking, climbing, diving and many more all leading to recognised qualifications.