Most Brentwood students belong to the CCF. As a Sixth Former, you are given responsibilities as an NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) in the discipline of your choice - Army, Royal Navy or Air Force. Senior Members of the CCF are responsible for the organisation and wellbeing of junior members of their Section, with supervision from the School officers.
We have the largest Combined Cadet Force in the country. The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a part of Brentwood life. It mobilises hundreds of our pupils to be adventurous and team-spirited.
The CCF is sponsored by the Ministry of Defence with the aim of providing "a disciplined organisation in a school so that pupils may develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance." It is not a recruiting organisation but a significant proportion of officers in the armed forces have served in the CCF. Brentwood School CCF was originally founded in 1861 and as such it is one of the earliest CCFs in the country.
Time is allocated for CCF activities each Friday afternoon at the end of lessons. There is a considerable emphasis on senior cadets developing their skills through instructing younger ones and almost all activities, with the exception of weapon training and activities in the range and the swimming pool are pupil-led with adults being present only to supervise.