Department Leader: Captain Jon Teare

Who are we?

KBA CCF is a youth organisation run by the school and supported by the Ministery of Defence. It is not a recruiting organisation but instead helps young people develop their character and self-confidence through a variety of challenging and exciting activities. We run a Year 9 after school club on Wednesdays and from Year 10 you can choose us a curriculum subject and gain a VCERT in Health and Fitness, as well as great experiences and memories (please see the KS4 section below for more details). Our current Year 11 and 13 students have found their cadet experience valuable, fun and when faced with a job, college or university interview have had the confidence and experience to do well.

Values, Standards and History

Four House Sections; one team: KBA CCF aspires to be the best CCF in the country and prepare you, our cadets, for leadership positions in your careers.
The KBA CCF Contingent badge represents both the Academy Houses and the combined elements of the cadet forces. The heraldic symbols that represent each house section also represent Land, Sea and Air cognate with the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
The House Sections may compete against each other but they always look out for each other. This is represented by the three animals and the longship looking outwards in what is known as all-round defence.
The motto “Onwards” represents our aspiration and resilience to always improve. As a member of KBA CCF you now represent not just yourselves but the whole team. We always work together to make this happen – teamwork is key to our success.
KBA CCF is linked to a regular regiment who sponsor and support us. Although one of the smallest Corps in the British Army the Intelligence Corps (INT CORPS) is at the fore front of the Army’s activities.
The requirement for Intelligence and analysis is a growth industry in which the INT CORPS is heavily involved.
The INT CORPS Headquarters is located at Chicksands in Bedfordshire.
The INT CORPS is part of  1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Brigade (Bde). The ISR Bde includes the 2 Regular Military Intelligence (MI) Battalions (Bns) as well as the 4 Reserve Bns. In addition the Corps has three Cadet units including KBA CCF.
First World War The  first Intelligence Corps was formed in August 1914 and originally included only officers and their servants. After a successful war the unit was disbanded.
Second World War On 19 July 1940 a new Intelligence Corps was created by Army Order 112 and has existed since that time. The Corps trained its operatives to parachute, who were then dropped over France as part of the Special Operations Executive (SOE). Intelligence Corps officers were involved in forming the highly-effective Long Range Desert Group, and the Special Air Service (SAS). Around 40% of British Army personnel at Bletchley Park were in the Intelligence Corps.

The modern INT CORPS works with Special Forces and the regular army. Many ex-INT Corps work for the police and large commercial companies around the world. Why? Because good Intelligence not only wins wars it helps build successful companies s and safer communities.

Wear your beret and badges with pride as you are representing the team, the Corps, those that have gone before, the country and HM The Queen.

OVERVIEW:  The CCF is a youth organisation sponsored by the military and is not a recruiting organisation. The lessons are part timetabled and part extra-curricular and will, ultimately, lead to recognised qualifications.  Year 9 students will be able to work towards their Duke of Edinburgh (D of E) Bronze Award and  a First Aid qualification Whilst in their GCSE years they will continue to work towards their DofE Silver or Gold, develop their teamwork and leadership skill and gain  a VCERT in Health and Fitness.  The syllabus culminates each year with a summer camp.  In addition to the formal qualifications, cadets have enjoyed outdoor activities such as white-water rafting, climbing and camping.  We will also use the army and navy’s facilities to develop teamwork, resilience and self-discipline.

Joining the CCF is a cost efficient way for students to gain many new experiences and qualifications. The military provide much of the uniform and equipment needed as well as subsidising many of the activities.  The average yearly cost is £75 and, for this, the students will receive boots, two long-weekend camps and a one week camp. A total of 14 days. Students will also have access to high quality and safe training which leads to qualifications which will benefit them in later life.  We have access to several funds so If costs may be of concern, please come along and speak with us.

The course is delivered by experienced ex-military and business leaders with the knowledge and qualifications to deliver safe and fun character training. We have 40 places available every year and students will be interviewed if we are over-subscribed.


Year 9: Basic military based training developing teamwork and self-reliance. Students will plan, organise and deliver their own Bronze D of E course and expedition during their extra-curricular club.

Year 10: Advanced military based training developing leadership and instructional skills. Students will plan, organise and deliver their own Silver D of E course and expedition. VCERT Health and Fitness lessons are interwoven so cadets can use their practical experiences to complete the theory and coursework.

Year 11: Delivering basic military based training to Year 9 cadets putting in to practice the leadership theory learnt in the previous year helping to manage the contingent. Students will complete their VCERT Health and Fitness, using their experiences to complete their final assignment. Students will also start to plan, organise and deliver their own Gold D of E course and expedition (24 months course but students will be supported to complete post age 16).

Year 12 and 13: If students stay on at KBA selected senior cadet leadership positions supporting the planning and delivery of the contingent with the focus on developing CV enhancing opportunities including external courses and qualifications. D of E Gold expedition and award completion.


The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is an internationally recognised award comprises of up to five components:

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
  • Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad (Gold).
  • At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home for five days, doing a shared activity.

The Academy will guide them through the process and recommend activities students can undertake to achieve the above sections. However, the award is designed to demonstrate self-motivation and commitment so students will have to manage their time and effort to achieve these goals. They will register on the program through eDofE which will allow you to track their progress on the website. The cost for non-Cadets (CCF have already contributed to this program) is £12 per pupil for the first Bronze Award.

As a part of this will be to complete a planned expedition and be assessed, we need to conduct preparation training during CCF lessons. Before their main expedition, (assessment) students are required to complete a practice expedition. We also run a day orienteering to help students put the theory of navigation in to practice before they go into the hills.

The scheme is run by the Academy, through our excellent and highly qualified staff. Many of whom also lead the Combined Cadet Force. All have the requisite expedition, first aid and assessor qualifications to run safe fun activities.

In addition to the D of E cadets will also work towards their VCERT in Health and Fitness

KBA CCF also offers an academic qualification to complement the military, teamwork and leadership training undertaken during this course. The Level 1/2 Technical Award in Health and Fitness is designed to provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding of the applied study of good health and fitness practices. This helps with the  understanding of working in the military and  fitness sector as well as helping students prepare for the ardours of Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.


The V Cert Technical Awards are a suite of high-quality technical qualifications which are appropriate for Key Stage 4 learners. They are a technical alternative to GCSEs with equivalent levels of rigour and challenge. Year 9 students can choose this option for study in Years 10 and 11 only if they are not choosing BTEC PE/Sport This course compliments GCSE PE and careers in the military, fitness and sports sector or outdoors.


Qualification Title Level 1/2 Technical Award in Health and Fitness

Qualification number (QN) (603/2650/5)

Total Qualification Time (TQT) 157

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) 120 plus 1 hour 30 minutes for the external assessment


Qualification overview

Throughout this qualification, cadets will gain valuable knowledge of:

• the principles of training and FITT

• how physical activities affect the body in the short and long term

• how relevant fitness tests can be used for specific health and skill components of fitness

• different lifestyle analysis tools and how to apply them

• creating a health and fitness programme.

The assessment is a mixture of exam (taken in Year 10) and Coursework submitted in Year 11:


Unit 01 Introduction to body systems and principles of training in health and fitness


40% Weighting Externally Assessed:

Written Examination (externally marked)


Unit 02 Preparing and planning for health and fitness

60% Weighting Internally Assessed:

Synoptic Project (externally quality assured Coursework)


What’s next?

Depending on the grade the learner achieves in this qualification,

they could progress to:

• A Level in Physical Education and Sport

• Level 2 Technical Certificate in Sport & Physical Activity

• Level 3 Applied General in Sport Studies

• Apprenticeships in occupations within the Health & Fitness sectors such as Health Assistants, Fitness Instructors or Personal Trainers.


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND FURTHER EDUCATION: CCF units are present in the vast majority of the best schools in the country and the experiences gained through belonging to a CCF are often beneficial in applications to top universities and showing real strength of character for future employers.  The course is designed to prepare students for the world of work and help them reach their potential as leaders in whichever organisation they join whether that is the military, a multi-national company or a local firm. Whichever career they choose this course will give them the confidence and skills to express themselves clearly and succeed.



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