Combined Cadet Force

Contingent Commander: Lt. Colonel N. C. Rothnie


The CCF is a voluntary youth organisation sponsored by HM forces.

The St. Mary's unit has two sections and parades after school on Mondays:


Army Section:

Affiliated to The Parachute Regiment

Lt. Colonel N. Rothnie
Major E. Overend
Lieutenant M. Abbott
2nd Lieutenant G. Abbott
SSI Sergeant Major T. Barney


R.A.F. Section:

Affiliated to R.A.F. Valley

Flight Lieutenant S. Del Gaudio


Pupils may join the CCF on entering Year 9. Whilst each section has its own programme of service training, most of the activities throughout the year are done as a joint enterprise with all cadets welcome to take part. The main emphasis is on developing qualities of leadership, team building and discipline.

The following opportunities are available within the CCF:

  • Adventure Training (e.g. climbing & abseiling in the Lake District)
  • Air Experience Flying (at RAF Woodvale)
  • Gliding Courses and Flying Scholarships
  • Leadership Courses (including UKLF national courses)
  • Shooting Courses (e.g. Altcar Ranges)
  • Camps (combining training and outdoor pursuits)
  • Parachuting