The Combined Cadet Force is a Ministry of Defence sponsored youth organisation, 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". There has been a CCF at Nottingham High School since the 1940s and including its predecessor, the Officers Training Corps, its history goes back for over 100 years.
Currently the CCF at Nottingham High School consists of a Royal Naval Section, an Army Section and an RAF Section.
Students in the School must opt to take an enrichment activity from January of Year 9 through to January of Year 11 and CCF remains the most popular choice. Cadets complete a Tri-Service training package when they first join the CCF and then stream into the Section of their choice for the rest of their CCF career. Cadets wishing to stay in the Contingent beyond the compulsory enrichment period carry on their training to become the Cadet NCO Instructors in the Lower and Upper Sixth Form.
The CCF Sessions run every Monday from 1600 to 1730, although some individual training may go on beyond this time. Staff and Cadet NCOs deliver a highly challenging and rewarding training programme designed to maximise the activity and progression of our Cadets.