We welcome all military families to our school and have always worked closely with CTCRM in Lympstone.
There is a large friendly military housing base in Lympstone and the majority of families with young children living there attend our school.
We welcome military families at any time during their school journey and often have mid-year new starters. We fully understand that a house move and school move can be very stressful and upsetting for everyone in the family and we are here to help you whether it be with local information, signposting to new groups and societies or supporting children in school with making new friends and settling in. We can offer Thrive sessions to those children needing it most, this may be due to starting school or it may be due to a deployment or a change in family circumstances; all of these events can have an emotional effect on children and one of the ways in which we can support this is through 1:1 weekly session focusing on emotional stability. There is a very friendly military family community within our school which we can help you to be a part of should you wish. We also understand that some families would rather keep this element of their lives personal and we fully respect that too. All we do ask is that you let us know of any circumstance changes so that we can support you and your child if need be.
Some children gain great comfort (when a parent is absent on deployment or even absent during the weeks) from completing our sharing books which they can add to at any point during the day.
We run specific groups and activities for military families and these will be advertised as and when they occur, we are always looking to develop our offer to military families so do please let us know if you have any ideas you would like considered or if you are able to volunteer a few hours to support a military project.
As you will be aware, each military child who attends school brings some additional funding, as this is a low level we accumulate the funds and use them mainly to provide TA support in each class and to part fund our Thrive practitioner who is there when needed. Some of the funding is used each year for a development project that will benefit all military families in the future.
Our Ofsted 2018 inspection report highlighted that:
"Pupils from service families are fully integrated in all aspects of school life, regardless of when they join the school. Staff are diligent in ensuring that transition is seamless and they are well supported."