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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 EASPS. 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.
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