Our Cadet Force is the largest single organisation in the School, with around 460 cadets parading on a weekly basis. Participating in CCF develops leadership skills, teamwork, self-reliance and a sense of service; for some pupils, it will introduce them to a career in the military.

The CCF comprises three sections: the Army, the Royal Navy (RN) and the Royal Air Force (RAF), and is compulsory for all pupils in the Fourth Form. Each section specialises in different aspects of the military. The RN Section specialises in rowing, sailing and power boating, the Army Section in infantry skills and tactics, and the RAF Section in flight training.

Specialist Training Sections

At the end of their Fourth Form, cadets decide whether to explore other aspects of co-curricular activity or remain with the CCF. If choosing the latter, they will join one of the specialist training sections: Advanced Infantry, NCO training within the Services, Fire and Rescue or Adventure Training and Diving.

Developing leadership

All cadets undertake at least one camp (during the School holidays) and there are two Field Weekends per year. During this time they gain qualifications as well as developing leadership and teamwork skills.

Access to External Courses

Cadets are also welcome to attend external courses, which can range from parachuting to sailing. The School runs four additional camps: 

  • Sub-aqua diving, Red Sea 
  • Alpine skiing development, Switzerland 
  • Annual Adventurous Training, Wales or Scotland
  • Annual Target Shooting, Bisley

Private Shooting Range

The School has its own shooting range, The Elmington Range. At 500 yards long, it is one of just a few of its size in the country to be owned by a school. Rifle practice takes place at firing points at either 100, 200, 300 or 500 yards.

The Oundle School Corps dates back to 1902, as the Rifle Corps 1st (Volunteer) Battalion the Northamptonshire Regiment. Since 1958, the Cadet Corps at Oundle has continuously maintained all three Service sections. Success and recognition for cadets has been achieved at national level; Oundle has produced three finalists drawn from the country’s best 200 cadets in The Duke of Westminster Awards.

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