Service Families

Service Families

We are very proud to have children of families who are serving in the armed forces, as part of our school community.

Mobility

Our school has a lot of experience of working with children who move homes and schools and we try our very best to ensure your children settle quickly and therefore continue to make progress with their education. We have a well-established induction and exit policy which we hope will make your child’s move as smooth as possible.

Starting School

We will

  • give your child a tour of the school
  • provide your child with a buddy
  • introduce your child to other members of staff
  • read your child’s previous reports and records and make any necessary assessments
  • keep in regular contact with you and discuss how your child has settled

 

We believe that education is a partnership between the school and parents and you can help us by:

  • making an appointment to look around the school
  • telling us about your child and any worries you may have
  • informing us of any special needs your child has

Leaving school

Once we know your child is leaving

We will

  • ensure any assessments are made
  • send any record direct to your child’s new school
  • sensitively talk to your child about the move and discuss any worries they may have

 We ask you to

  • inform us as soon as you know that you may be leaving, even if you do not have actual dates. This is because the impending move may already be having an effect on your child.
  • inform us of your child’s last day at school.
  • provide us with the new school’s name and address and your forwarding address.
  • peturn reading book and library book.

Our school has an open door policy and we welcome parents into school. Parents regularly hear children read, help with art activities and accompany us on trips.

 

Deployment

We understand that deployment is major part of service life and there is rarely a time when we do not have a child who has one of their parents away for a long period of time. Again our staff have experience of working with children who are in this situation. Several of our staff have first-hand experience of service life and all staff have received training on deployment and the effects it may have on service children. We aim to help pupils learn to deal positively with the change and transition caused by deployments.

We understand that children may feel

  • anxious
  • confused
  • fearful
  • upset
  • sad
  • angry
  • ambivalent

We aim to maintain a ‘haven of normality’ during a time of change and challenge and we do this by

  • maintaining classroom routines
  • maintaining expectations of behaviour and school work
  • retaining a stable environment, conducive to learning
  • retaining the enjoyment of learning and being with friends
  • providing a listening ear
  • enabling children to learn how to manage thoughts and feelings
  • anticipating and de-fusing potential pressure points
  • anticipating that some changes will invariably occur
  • helping the child to keep in touch

Questions

Where are you going? What is it like there? When will you be going? How long are you going for? Why are you going? What will you be doing? Who else is going? Will the family rules change? Will I have to do extra jobs? Will I still be able to……? Who will look after me if……?

Children may choose to explore their feelings within school as a neutral or emotionally safe environment…

Children will have lots of questions and we will provide a listening ear. We will not be able to answer them all and it may not be appropriate for us to so. We will keep you informed about any worries your child may have

Keeping in touch

To help us to help your child, we ask that you

  • let us know well in advance of a deployment. We will respect your wishes not to tell your child but the months leading up to a deployment can start to unsettle the child even if they do not know about it
  • let us know once you have a confirmed date – we understand this can change.
  • tell us when the parent is due home (for R & R and end of tour) - we understand that this too is a time of change and of adjustment

Our Forces Liaison office is Mrs. Trish Smith, who can help provide further information.