As a well-established UK Military School we understand the challenges that a Forces family can face and why having your children in a school that fully appreciates these challenges can be of great support, comfort and reassurance. 20% of children at our school have one or more parents working for the British Armed Forces.
Children who are part of a Forces family can enjoy attending our ‘Military Kids Club’ where they can share stories, make craft items and have fun with children in similar circumstances. Keeping up routine and communication is a very important factor when parents are deployed. For this reason, we encourage our children also take part in a reading scheme called Reading Force which helps families come together through a shared book.
Our Community Cohesion Lead, Mrs Cotter’s door is always open and our staff are always available for any Forces parent who may need any support .You can be assured that our staff understand the emotional needs of our children and families. For us to offer the best provision for your children we ask for you to make us aware of any deployments. This allows us to be aware and support children where needed.
We think it is good to chat and meet up with other families in similar situations. This is why we set up afternoon tea sessions where families are invited to come along and meet up with other families in the same situation.
Armed Forces Day
On Armed Forces Day the Soldiers visit our school and set up a military style assault course for all children so they can practise the skills and see what it is like to be in the military. They started off with a gentle warm up. Each class took in in turns to be put through their paces and complete the assault course.
Cooking in the field
Soldiers from 13 Air Assault Support Regiment came in to offer children the experience of cooking in the field. This experience allowed children to use 24-hour ration packs, used by soldiers who live out on the field in exercise use the Hexamine cookers and Hexamine blocks to cook food, children were split up into 4 groups. Soldiers explained and demonstrated how to cook the food then children had a go at cooking their own food.
Every Christmas we are lucky to have soldiers volunteer to help serve Christmas lunch to all the children. Without their help, the lunch would not be as enjoyable or run so efficiently.