Combined Cadet Force

Through structured, military themed and adventurous activities, Oakham’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) – incorporating Army and RAF sections – seeks to develop qualities of teamwork, leadership, self-reliance, resourcefulness and responsibility within our cadets. These are personal qualities which will remain of value throughout the cadets' lives and will undoubtedly assist in the early stages of their chosen careers.

Our team of enthusiastic volunteer officers train the cadets, who join from Form 4 onwards, during weekly parades in School, weekend training (during the October and March Service Weekends), field days and annual camps during the summer holidays. Generally, around a third of Form 4 choose this option.

Pupils also have the opportunity to gain diploma qualifications in Public Services, qualifications within Adventure Training and the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award through direct entrance, which can prove useful when writing their personal statements, as universities and employers hold these qualifications in high regard.

Over the course of the CCF Programme, pupils typically learn about weapon handling and safety, drill, map and compass work, field craft, general military knowledge and First Aid. They can also learn to shoot in our outstanding indoor range. Cadets in the RAF section also learn about the theory of flight and aircraft recognition and have an opportunity each term to fly at RAF Cranwell. In Form 5 the Adventurous Training (AT) Programme includes taster sessions in climbing, caving, canoeing, abseiling and hill-walking.

The Army, Air Force and Navy all provide a variety of courses and expeditions for committed cadets which are run centrally. Pupils can gain qualifications up to instructor level in adventurous training disciplines, such as kayaking and climbing. The RAF even provides flying scholarships, both powered and gliding for a selected few.

David Taylor

David Taylor

Housemaster of School House

I joined Oakham School in 2002 as a teacher of Economics, having previously spent time teaching in Shropshire and Leicestershire. I was Housemaster of Haywoods for 11 years before becoming Housemaster of School House in 2018. I love sport, music and drama but have no prowess in any of these fields. Nevertheless, I hope my enthusiasm helps to inspire the boys in House with a ‘have-a-go’ attitude. I am married to Danusia who runs a local pre-school, and we have three boys, Marek, Stefan and Tomek, who are all current or former students. It is as a family that we run the House.