Combined Cadet Force

The broad function of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is that of a youth movement sponsored by Her Majesty's Armed Forces, to provide a challenging environment in Chatham Grammar School for Girls, so that students may develop power of Leadership by means of opportunities and training to promote self-reliance, responsibility, resourcefulness, endurance, perseverance and a sense of service to the community.


The CCF is a voluntary after-school organistation open to students in Year 8 and above (students must be aged 12+).

Students in the CCF are known as Cadets and whilst they undertake military training, the emphasis is on teamwork, leadership, development and enjoyment. The main aim of the CCF is to offer cadets a truly enjoyable and fulfilling experience. The activities are a mix of military and adventurous training. Topics that will be covered are Foot Drill, First Aid, Map Reading, Self-Reliance and Fieldcraft, as well as Adventure Training.


Mandatory training takes place on Thursday’s after school, running from 3:15pm - 4:45pm.

Throughout the training year there will be training days and ranges.  It is proposed that there will be one weekend's training per term and all training is progressive and culminates in a Summer Camp.

At an optional cost we can offer BTEC Level 1 in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship

The BTEC Level 1 training and development courses enable young people to:

  • Develop knowledge, understanding and skills that support their personal and career interests into employment

  • Develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in education and in working life

  • Achieve a nationally recognised Edexcel/Pearson Level 1 BTEC qualification

Access programmes of study that can enable progression to a Level 2 qualification

CCF Staff at CGSG

The training is delivered by the Academy Cadet Instructors and overseen by the Cadet Training Team.

Captain Paula Knight - Contingent Commander

  • Joined the Territorial Army in 1993

  • Trained as an ACF Cadet Instructor

  • Key part of the setting up of Brompton Academy CCF and Chatham Grammar School for Girls CCF

  • Currently employed as Exclusive Subject Leader of ICT/Computer Science - UKAT

  • Contingent Commander of BA CCF since 2016 & CGSG 2018 

  • Has completed 5 Summer Camps with BA CCF

  • Enjoys cycling and has completed several sportives including the London Marathon 2019 & Brighton Marathon 2010 

  • Aspiration is to assist in developing cadets into responsible citizens and contribute to the local community



 Captain Matt Loughrey RE - School Staff Instructor (SSI)

  • Joined the Royal Engineers in 1982

  • Served all over the world in 22 year career - N Ireland, Balkans, Iraq, Germany

  • Awarded the Queens Commendation for Valuable Service in Northern Ireland

  • Joined Brompton Academy in 2004 as the Facilities Manager

  • Set up BA CCF in 2014 with the current staff as well as CGSG CCF in 2018

  • Commisioned in the Army Reserve in 2013

  • Long distance Cyclist - Cycled across the USA/Capital Challenge/LEJOG/Chatham to Gibraltar

  • Aspiration for CGSG Cadets to be the best they can be




2Lt Alec Stride - Section Commander 

  • Currently employed as the Head of Science at CGSG

  • Joined CGSG CCF in September 2018

  • Previous ACF cadet 

Joining CCF at CGSG

If you are interested in joining the CGSG CCF team please download a copy of the joiner pack here and hand this to Miss Knight.