HMC schools with Combined Cadet Forces (CCF) are delighted to have received confirmation from the Ministry of Defence that the MOD’s plans to introduce a per capita charge for CCF cadets have now been withdrawn.
Last summer (July 2014) the MOD wrote to all HMC heads advising them that by the end of the academic year 2018/19 the MOD intended to charge schools £150 annually per cadet to cover uniforms, equipment, ammunition and rations.
In their responses to the MOD consultation, HMC schools pointed out that they each currently invest tens of thousands of pounds per annum in their CCFs so were already heavily subsidising the scheme. The new charge would have led many of them to have to consider seriously their continued involvement in a uniformed service and how best to invest in leadership development for their pupils.
Richard Harman, Headmaster of Uppingham School and Chairman of HMC, said: ‘I am very pleased that the MOD has listened to our concerns and withdrawn its plans to impose a charge on those of our pupils who choose to join the CCF. There are around 200 units in HMC schools, some with more than 300 members. Many of the cadets find it so rewarding that they go on to join the armed forces as adults. My own school has supported the formation of a CCF in two local academies with which Uppingham is linked and it has proved popular and worthwhile.’
Notes for Editors
HMC (the Headmasters' & Headmistresses' Conference) is a professional Association of heads of the world's leading independent schools. HMC has 270 members in the British Isles educating more than 200,000 children, and a further 60 international members. Our members lead schools that are distinguished by their excellence in pastoral care, co-curricular provision and classroom teaching. Members of HMC have met annually in conference since the first meeting in 1869. HMC today is a thriving, pro-active Association of leading figures in school education. See www.hmc.org.uk.
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