BURY GRAMMAR SCHOOL CCF
The Bury Grammar School CCF was established in 1892 and is one of the oldest CCFs in the country.
Originally affiliated to the local regiment, the Lancashire Fusiliers, the Contingent is now affiliated to the
Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and we wear their badge and hackle with pride. We are a single arm Contingent
but interest is fostered in the other two services by display teams and liaison officers. The current strength of
the Contingent is 154 cadets, of whom 25 are Sixth Formers.
Since 1892 the Contingent has had nine Commanding Officers. The current CO, Captain David Newbury
(who teaches Geography and Geology at the school) took over from Major Robert Rylance in January 2010.
Membership of the CCF is voluntary. Boys may join in the Third Form and girls in the Fourth Form. Those
who join are committed to membership for three years. Many carry on their service into the Sixth Form where
there is scope for leadership and other responsibilities. We encourage many of our seniors to teach some
lessons, thus improving their knowledge and confidence.
The aim of training in the CCF is to develop powers of leadership in cadets by promoting the qualities of
responsibility, self reliance, resourcefulness, endurance, perseverance and a sense of service to the
community, and to give all cadets a background knowledge of the methods and conditions of service in the
Army, the Navy and the Royal Air Force.
The training the cadets undertake is laid down in the Service Training Syllabi. It is interesting, imaginative
and purposeful, and is planned so that it is steadily progressive throughout the cadet’s service. In general the
balance between Service Training and Adventurous Training is 60% to 40% in favour of Service Training.
During their period of service cadets may attend various courses, most of which are sponsored by the Ministry
of Defence. The courses depend on age and ability. Most of the courses are residential and are programmed
during the half term, full term and summer breaks. Courses include the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme,
mountain leadership, rock climbing, skiing downhill and cross-country, electronic signalling and catering. A
leadership course is available for elite senior cadets. There are also courses held in Canada involving an
exchange with the Canadian Cadet Service. This exchange is mainly adventure training. A good knowledge of
French is required for courses in Canada.
The Bury Grammar School CCF also runs a BTEC scheme (First Diploma in Public Services) which is equal
to 4 GCSE passes at Grades A* to C. This normally takes two years to complete. There are two written
papers, one of which is marked by Edexcel, and a workbook which is marked by The Cadet Vocational
Qualifications Office via national markers. Our cadets regularly achieve the coveted Distinction* grade.
The CCF enters a number of National Shooting Competitions and regularly achieves success. We are
fortunate in having our own purpose built accommodation with a .22 range, which was rebuilt in 1981 by
RFCA and is in regular use.
The CCF attends an annual camp during the first week of the summer holiday. The camp is a mixture of
military and adventurous training. The camp gives cadets of all abilities the opportunity to live on an Army
base and wear ‘green kit’ for a week. An adventure training camp is also run during the May half term for
Lower Sixth boys and girls.
The current officers are:
Captain David Newbury. OC Bury Grammar School Combined Cadet Force. Oversees training and
Captain Patrick Newton. IC Army Section. Former Senior Cadet, with special responsibilities for
proficiency training and full-bore shooting. Also OC 3 Platoon (Senior Platoon).
Lt Robert Rylance, former Regular Army Warrant Officer (The Royal Corps of Signals and 22nd
Cheshire Regiment). His responsibilities as SSI include Unit Administration. He is currently teaching
Radio and Line. Stood down as Contingent Commander in January 2010 after 20 years as OC.
Lt David Bishop (Head of Geology). IC 2 Platoon with special responsibilities for Drill/Turnout,
Fieldcraft, Weapon Training and Map Reading.
Lt Mark Hone (Head of History and Politics). OC 1 Platoon. A military historian who regularly takes
members of the Contingent on Battlefields tours to France and Belgium. Members of the Contingent
have taken part in the world famous Menin Gate ceremony in Ypres on ten occasions.
2Lt Tracey Taylor (Teacher of Geography).
2Lt Rachel Whitmore (Teacher of PE in the Girls’ School).
Recent achievements by the Contingent:
The BGS CCF has won the Longmoor Stick twice. We are the first and only contingent ever
to win the Stick for a second time. To win the Stick (which is an ex RSM’s Pace Stick) the
competing contingent has to be placed in all the military training packages at Longmoor
Training Camp. These are: the March and Shoot, the military exercise day which covers
ambushes, harbours, patrolling, section and platoon attacks and CQB. Also covered are the
assault course, orienteering, the general conduct and behaviour of the cadets in camp and the
cleanliness of the cadet accommodation during and at the hand over at the end of the camp.
We also hold the record for the fastest time on the assault course (2 minutes 5 seconds).
On other camps we have attended over the last twelve years we have either won the March
and Shoot or have been placed not less that 5th, a testament to the high training standards over
a long period of time.
In 2007 we attended Chickerell Camp in East Sussex. During the camp competition we
achieved 1st place on the Drill Stand, 2nd on the Obstacle Course, 2nd on the Map Reading
Stand, and 2nd on the Survival Stand.
In 2008 we attended Weymouth Central Camp and won the Ranges Competition.