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HOLBROOK PRIMARY SCHOOL

Forces Club

Welcome to our Forces Club

We are a small group of military children aged 4 to 11 years old. We meet every Friday Lunchtime to offer support to each other. Usually 1 or both of our parents are serving members of the Armed Forces, either Royal Air Force, Royal Navy or Army.

Being a Military Child can often have no effects on our lives at all, however there are times when life can be a bit difficult such as:

  • We may move home frequently, and find our learning and friendships disrupted. Leaving behind old friends and making new friends is one of the biggest challenges we might face. Educationally, we can miss key parts of the curriculum and sometimes re-do other parts.
  • Occasionally, one of our parents may be away from home for extended periods of time. Apart from missing our parents, this could also mean they are unable to attend key school events like plays, parent’s evenings or celebration assemblies.
  • If our parent is deployed on active service, we will often worry about their safety.
  • When our parents return, this can be very exciting but can also be a little overwhelming. Reuniting our family can also mean adjusting routines again.
  • These challenges that we face regularly often bring our families together as a community and increases our resilience. These skills may mean that we might develop strong leadership, peer mentoring and organisational skills (Not to be mistaken for being bossy).

Meeting regularly with other Military Children helps us to feel part of our own community and gives us an opportunity to talk to others that may have experienced the same things. As part of our meetings we complete school projects and promote awareness to other pupils, such as:

  • Remembrance assemblies
  • Creating a memorial garden
  • Making poppies
  • Visiting military locations
  • Watching Pantomimes
  • Creating a group scrap book
  • Visiting local Universities
  • Arts and crafts
  • And much more

 

How can you help?

Our Forces club is supported by myself (Mrs Pullan) and Mrs Reed. Between us we have experience of different areas of service life in the roles of:

  • Ex – Forces (RAF)
  • Military spouse
  • Parent of Military children
  • Parent of a child in the Armed Forces Reserves.

We understand how Military life can occasionally disrupt a child’s routine and we strive to provide support and consistency within the school environment to make this transition period as normal as possible.

We ask that you keep the school informed of any significant changes to your child’s routines. With your support and the necessary information we will aim to keep those links between families open, such as:

  • Giving your child the ability to contact deployed parent virtually during school hours where possible.
  • Providing information to a deployed parent that engages with child’s education.
  • Connecting with other service children (although not all will want this) who understand what it’s like to be in a military family.
  • Quiet space to retreat to if they are feeling particularly anxious or emotional.
  • A named person they can talk to who understands military life and possible issues.
  • Occasional flexibility to allow child special family time if this is very limited.

We look forward to working in partnership with your family to ensure a successful and happy education for your child.

If you have anything that you wish to discuss further then please do not hesitate to contact either of us at Holbrook Primary School on:

Mrs J Pullan – J.pullan@holbrook.hants.sch.uk

Mrs S Reed – S.reed@holbrook.hants.sch.uk

Tel: 01329 286011

Useful links

Service Pupil Premium

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-service-pupil-premium

Armed Forces Covenant

https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/

Naval Families Federation

https://nff.org.uk/

SSAFA

https://www.ssafa.org.uk/

British Legion

https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/