Treorchy Comprehensive School

The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) was established in September 2007, to provide extra curricular activities in order to develop the personal qualities of individual pupils. By following a syllabus, pupils build and develop their resilience and leadership skills.

Students are able to enrol in the CCF in Year 9 and part in adventure training activities such as climbing, hill walking and canoeing, gaining qualifications along the way.

The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme is actively promoted within the CCF, with many activities contributing to the award.


Treorchy CCF gets the VIP treatment in London


The first weekend of December saw the Treorchy Combined Cadet Force make their annual visit to London. Once again, the cadets and staff had a truly unique and privileged experience that many tourists could only dream of.

After an “army barracks bacon breakfast” on Saturday morning, the contingent headed to the Palace of Westminster to meet Chris Bryant MP, the member of Parliament for the Rhondda, a champion of the CCF and our host and expert guide for the morning. The pupils and staff were treated to an amazing tour of the House of Lords and the House of Commons. They all received a real insight into the workings of parliament and the historic buildings.

After the very informative tour and a quick lunch stop at Wellington Barracks on The Mall, the cadets then headed to the most famous address in the world; 10 Downing Street. Here everyone had a picture outside the Prime Minister’s front door before heading to see the Lifeguards at Horse Guards Parade, and partake in some sightseeing at Admiralty Arch and Trafalgar Square. Later in the afternoon the CCF navigated their way down White Hall, past the Cenotaph & Big Ben, and onwards across the Thames to see the London Eye and visit the Imperial War Museum. The day was rounded off with a delicious Christmas dinner back at our barracks.

Sunday saw the CCF head back into central London to go to Buckingham Palace, the Mall and Wellington Barracks to see the Changing of the Guard; this historic ceremony was carried out for the first time in over 400 years by the Royal Navy. The cadets watched the ceremony from within the barrack’s forecourt as thousands of tourists looked on with envy on the other side of the fence.

If this has inspired you to get involved with the CCF, parade is after school on Wednesdays, everyone is welcome from Year 9 and above.