Combined Cadet Force

The CCF consists of 3 sections: Army, Royal Air Rorce (RAF) and Pipe Band.


The Army Section gives cadets the opportunity to experience life as a soldier. Officers, regular soldiers and senior cadets provide hands on training in all the skills needed to be in the infantry. This includes weapons handling and shooting of the British Army rifle, field craft and survival.

Various exercises and range days are conducted throughout the session with opportunities for travel outwith the UK. Promotion is dependent on passing practical courses, demonstrating leadership qualities and high standards of personal conduct and performance.

Our Army Section is one of the top in Scotland, regularly being in the medals in national competitions. Join the best!


The Royal Air Force Section was formed in 1994 and complements training and activities offered by the Army Section. The section has attracted interest from an additional selection of pupils and parents, naturally including those with an interest in aviation.

Members have enjoyed 20 Easter and Summer camps and visits to a wide selection of establishments including RAF Lossiemouth, Leuchars, Cranwell, Conningsby, Northolt, Uxbridge and Valley. A highlight is the annual September outing to the Air Day at RAF Leuchars.

Several cadets have attended a two-week camp at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, camps in Germany, enjoyed overseas flights and participated in the prestigious annual National Air Cadet Leadership Course.

There are a number of competitions held throughout the year that aim to challenge and develop the cadets whilst improving their teamwork and leadership skills.

Pipe Band

Retired Senior Pipe Major of the British Army, Mr Sumner brings a wealth of pipe band experience to the College. This includes organising and training pipe bands for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. WO1 Sumner is responsible for piping tuition and day to day management of the CCF Pipe Band where he is both the Piping and School Staff Instructor. 

The band has been in existence since the mid 1940's and provides pupils with the opportunity to learn piping and drumming during school hours. Tuition is open to both Junior and Senior School pupils and bandsmen are not required to take part in cadet military training unless they wish to do so.

As a Combined Cadet Force Pipe Band we provide music for CCF parades and inspections, including the annual Remembrance Day Service, Aberdeen Veteran’s Day Parade and the Biennial Inspection. We are also called upon to promote the College and play at various venues throughout the year.

The highlight of the year though is marching at the head of the annual Founder’s Day Parade followed by a short display in the College grounds.