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SCHOOLS OF FAITH: Advantages of Catholic Schools for forces children


HEALTHCARE: You Can’t Deny, Prevention is better than any cure!

An independent day school for ages 3 to 18 Outstanding academic results Traditional education built on Christian values Small class sizes and tuition groups

Academic, Art, Music, Drama and Sport Scholarships available for entry to Year 7 (11+), Year 9 (13+) and Sixth Form

Specialist subject teaching from an early age Broad curriculum including sport, music, dance, drama and modern languages Excellent pastoral care Before and after school clubs and holiday activities

50% bursaries for Armed Forces families and children of civilian personnel employed by the Armed Forces Substantial choral scholarships available for boy and girl choristers

Contact Lesley Bannister today for more information or to arrange a personal tour on 01543 306168 or The Palace, The Close, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7LH

Lime House School:

Lime House School:

Committed to fulfilling the potential of our pupils


ime House School is one of the top performing schools in the North of England based on this year’s A level and GCSE results.

In excess of 80% of A level grades achieved a grade C or better and 40% of grades were either A* or A. All sixth form students were able confirm places at their first choice Universities both in the UK and abroad. Headteacher Nigel Rice stated that ‘we continue to develop a safe and caring boarding environment, committed to fulfilling the potential of each individual pupil. We provide a good quality education for boys and girls and our recent results demonstrate our commitment to producing successful, confident and happy children who are prepared for life beyond school. ‘It is very important to me that I continue to do some teaching in the school as it allows me get to know the pupils individually. This allows me to support and advise all pupils in the same way as their classroom teachers

and weekend and evening care staff. More specialist staff are available in our small and CReSTED registered dyslexic unit which regularly produces excellent examination results’. The school is well known for its excellent results in Mathematics and the Sciences with eight students progressing to do courses in Engineering at Universities in Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham and Hong Kong. Our new BTec courses in ICT, Accounting & Business have opened up opportunities for several students to enter the world of Accounting & Finance for University study. The school is now actively encouraging the development of its Performing Arts and its talented musicians take part in a variety of musical groups achieving outstanding success at this year’s Carlisle and District Music Festival. Many pupils are now able to receive individual tuition to grade 6 or higher with a variety of instruments and our first performance at A level received A* grades this year.

All pupils are involved in a wide range of evening activities until 7.00pm and with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme now a being compulsory activity we are able to take advantage of our close proximity to the beautiful Lake District National Park only seven miles from the school. This affords other opportunities for sightseeing, canoeing, sailing and mountain biking. Weekends are busy for boarders and we combine our rural location with visits to places such as Manchester, Edinburgh and Newcastle. Sport is a strong feature in the school with local, county and national success in hockey, rugby, soccer and athletics. A large sports hall extends the sporting programme to badminton, basketball, tennis, volleyball, table tennis and many other sports. Overseas students are keen to introduce their own sports with handball and judo being some of the more recent. The school has a tradition of educating many Forces pupils and the quality of boarding is excellent. There is a strong team of house mothers who combine with teachers to foster the personal development of each pupil in the school. A warm welcome awaits all new pupils and parents as we prepare to care for and educate each child to the high standards that Lime House School has to offer. - Page 3











Walking with the Wounded, South Pole Allied Challenge






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Perhaps the most valuable lesson you will learn today… affected by budget cuts, facing voluntary redundancy and an uncertain future, or just paying off Christmas.


an Post, Managing Director, established RIFT in 1999 to get overpaid tax back on behalf of construction workers. Today, the company is also doing the same for our Armed Forces. I founded RIFT to help construction workers across the UK to get tax they’d overpaid back from the taxman. Now 15 years on, we’ve reclaimed more than £60 million for a range of other sectors including Armed Forces personnel. To break it down, we’ve reclaimed £2.5 million on behalf of military families just like yours – families

RIFT could help you, your family or someone you know in the Armed Forces, to get a much needed cash injection. If that person uses their own vehicle or public transport to travel to base and have been posted to different bases (including outside the UK), then they may have a tax refund claim for their travel expenses. They may also be able to claim for Mess Dress. We can claim back for the last 4 years, which means a first year tax refund of typically £2,500 which is protected by the RIFT Guarantee. With no upfront fees, it’s free to find out if you’re due a refund – and there’s no risk. No refund means no charge.

Peter Ford, 27, Lance Corporal, from Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire made the call to RIFT: “I recently saw RIFT’s advert. I’d heard their name from guys at the barracks so thought I’d give them a call to see if I qualified. In my 4 years in the Army, I’ve been to 5 different bases and used my own car to get there so RIFT provided a free assessment and confirmed I could claim. They also explained the legislation around claiming back travel expenses and how it works with HMRC, which put my mind at ease. The service was excellent from start to finish. I went for the RIFT Rapid Refund so I got my £3,099 refund in 24 hours. I’ve also earned over £1,000 by

referring other guys.” Our team are waiting to take your call and answer your questions. They’ll provide a free assessment letting you know then and there if you qualify. They even fill out the paperwork for you. It’s that easy. Could the taxman be sitting on £2,500 of your money? Ask us, we’ll know. - Page 5


Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 >> Interview with Andrew Cook - Director of Fundraising (Walking with the Wounded)


Why was Walking with the Wounded setup?

Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) was established to raise funds to finance the re-training of wounded servicemen and women and in so doing assist them in acquiring the skills and qualifications necessary to find new careers outside the military. 2. What is your Role in the charity?

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My role as Director of Fundraising is to manage our fundraising strategy and work with fundraisers, volunteers and third party partners to deliver against income targets set out in our five year plan.

• We have a growing network of volunteers across the UK who work within their counties to support the charity both in terms of direct fundraising as well as growing awareness of the work we undertake.

3. Who is the charity helping?

• You can visit our website and download a fundraising pack which includes tips on how to get started with your fundraising activity.

Our ability to fundraise effectively ensures we can finance new qualifications, courses and further education through our First Steps program enabling the blind, the burn victims, the mentally injured, the amputees and all the other wounded to rebuild their lives and return to the work place and in so doing provide longterm security for themselves and their families.

• Spread the word – if you can’t volunteer support the charity by telling friends, family and colleagues about what we are up to…..

4. How can other people get involved?

5. What effect do the expeditions, such as the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge, have on the charity and the people you support?

There are three key ways in which individuals and organisations can support the charity:

Since the charity was founded in 2010 we have organised and run ambitious expeditions to extreme parts of the world

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such as the North Pole in 2011, Mt Everest in 2012 and more recently The South Pole in December 2013. Our expeditions incorporate teams of wounded servicemen and women, both those with physical and mental injuries. So, why embark on these ambitious expeditions ? • To provide inspiration to those coping daily with injury and disability, be they military or civilian. • To raise awareness of ‘Our’ Wounded Community and the work Walking With The Wounded undertakes. • To demonstrate to ‘Our Wounded’ that they are able to achieve at the very highest level. • To highlight to Corporate UK the extraordinary skill, determination, ability and courage that members of the wounded community possess.

Walking withTHE theWOUNDED Wounded: EMPOWER: WALKING WITH The other key benefit of our expeditions is having Prince Harry as our Patron, without his continued drive and support our role would be immeasurable harder, so the positive difference his involvement makes to the fundraising capability of the charity and subsequently our beneficiaries is enormous. 6. Are you in regular contact with the team on the expedition? In a nutshell yes we have daily contact with the teams via our communications infrastructure which allows us to speak with and receive updates from our expedition team members. This allows our supporters to feel part of the expedition and we are able to highlight the extraordinary efforts of our wounded servicemen and women every step of the way. 7. What are main concerns for the teams and your colleagues while away? Health and Safety is an integral part of the expeditions we have a medical team on the expedition who are on call 24/7 to provide medical support if and when required. With this in mind every fifth day is 24 hour rest day which allows the

medical team to undertake a thorough examination of everyone taking part. As part of our insurance and risk strategy we also have evacuation measures in place should any of the expedition team be required to leave the expedition. In terms of potential medical concerns one of the major potential problems are developing frost bite or ‘nips’ on the stumps of the amputees. This is the single biggest threat to a successful expedition. If the amputees stumps become cracked, infected or succumb to frost bite then it’s a real game changer so managing this element is critical. 8. What other events do you have planned? We are involved in several events each year, during 2014 we will have our Cumbrian Challenge in Grasmere which is taking place on June 13-15, details of which can be found via our website . We also have a charity bike ride alongside several ex British & Irish Lions rugby players, there will be the chance to climb Kilimanjaro alongside wounded soldiers in October. In between which there will be extreme muddy running races, cycling

events as well as a talk at the Royal Geographical Society in April 2014 where we will be making a presentation about the South Pole expedition. All of these are open to the general public and we urge anyone interested to get in touch via 9. Are there any other charities involved in this expedition? This is the first time one of our expeditions has included wounded soldiers from amongst our Allied forces. Alongside the UK team is a team representing The Commonwealth and the USA, as part of the recruitment process we identified and made contact with similar charities on the ground in Australia, Canada and the USA which has allowed us to make this a global event. It has also provided a platform for like-minded charities in our Allied territories to generate awareness and funds for their wounded communities. Our ethos is one whereby these men and women have fought together and we are providing a chance for them to continue that bond during their rehabilitation. 10. Is there any friendly rivalry between the teams? Yes there is plenty of healthy rivalry and each team is certainly very keen to get to the South Pole first, so we will all have to wait and see how that one pans out. 11. Which companies are involved in the event, what support have you received?

Prince Harry - Patron of the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge 2013

Virgin Money are the main expedition partner and as such are our lead sponsor, they have provided a Virgin Money Giving platform for our fundraising activities over and above which they have engaged all of the retail outlets and members of staff who have done an extraordinary job in supporting the charity and raising funds. The UK team is sponsored by

Glenfiddich who again provide crucial support both in terms of sponsorship and fundraising activities. In addition to which we have an insurance partner in Caitlin who underwrite the insurance for the expedition and Arqiva who have provided all of the comms equipment which enables us to really bring the expedition to life for our supporters and the other sponsors. Other organisations which have provided support included Prestat Chocolate, Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream which has proved perfect for our amputees to massage into their stumps to keep them moisturized and supple and Horlicks are our official drinks supplier. 12. What is the ultimate goal for the charity? To provide greater context our remit is to support veterans from past conflicts including but not limited to The Falklands, Northern Ireland, The Balkans, Gulf Wars I & II and Sierra Leone as well as current service leavers from the last ten years in Iraq and Afghanistan. When considering these conflicts the total WIS (wounded, injured and sick) is thought to be in excess of 65,000 ex service personnel. We spend on average £2,500 supporting the career transition from military to civilian employment equating to a financial need in the region of £165m. If we focus on our ambition to provide support to a minimum of 15% of the Wounded community over the next five years our financial need is closer to £25m. For further information please visit: - Page 7











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NEWS: NEWS: drug searching and the other for general purpose. We are extremely proud of the hard work and effort he has shown but also to those who quietly provide the finances to make it happen, such as WWTW. Carol a young lady who was medically discharged moved into The Beacon and has been supported whilst ongoing treatment was found. Eventually she aims to secure employment in Business Administration or HR. Walking With The Wounded once again provided the funding for her to complete relevant qualifications needed as and when she is medically ready to return to work.

The Beacon: Riverside ECHG


he Beacon which in September 2011 opened within Catterick Garrison to provide supported accommodation & managed by Riverside ECHG, provides supported accommodation for up to 31 Vulnerable Ex-Servicemen and Women who have been made homeless on discharge from the Armed Forces. The Beacon has a Training Education and Employment department which aims to make a difference to veteran’s lives. Assisting them through personalised training and education, improving their life and employment skills, we aim to improve work opportunities by identifying strengths, weaknesses and developing veteran’s confidence. Veterans are then willing and able to secure and sustain employment. We cannot do this alone, every course has costs attached and so the search for funding begins. We are fortunate to have access to many charities who are working hard to make a difference and give our guys the opportunity of

education, for this we are eternally grateful. Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) is one of the charities who listen to the needs of our veterans, provide the support, funding and mentoring to make their dream a reality. I would like to share some of the good work that WWTW have participated in… Sean was medically discharged with PTSD in 2012 after 10 years of service; he arrived at The Beacon and made full use of the support available to him. He gained strength in health and character, by regularly using the gym, the health and well-being centre, the bakery and the IT suite. With this new found confidence and the first signs of self-belief, Sean felt ready to progress with his career and shared a dream… he wanted to become a Drug’s Dog Handler. With assistance of many different charities Sean took and passed the course. He has now set himself up in business and has had assistance to purchase a vehicle from WWTW and has two dogs to work, one who specialises in

Ryan wanted to realise a dream of setting up his own business and be his own boss. He needed a chainsaw qualification to enable him to develop his work opportunities and Walking With The Wounded are assisting with this as well. Not only are they paying for the course but also the safety equipment needed. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of you who have offered financial assistance and support, especially Walking With The Wounded, you are all stars. The Beacon and our veterans are forever in your debt. For more information please visit our website:

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• Full, weekly and flexi boarding for 9 – 18 year olds • Located in 33 acres of beautiful historic woodland • Full programme of evening and weekend activities • Great transport links, only 40 minutes from Birmingham airport • Leavers’ destinations include RADA, Oxford, Durham, Imperial College London and London School of Economics




I N S P I R AT I O N A L • I N T E L L E C T U A L • I N D I V I D U A L Academic, Art, Drama, Music, Sport Scholarships & Bursaries are available.

For further information please contact Annabelle Addison on (01902) 751119 or (01902) 793002 Tettenhall College, Wood Road, Tettenhall, WV6 8QX Find us on Facebook

POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, ANGER INVISIBLE INJURIES CAN AFFECT THOSE CLOSEST TO YOU Some men and women leave the Armed Forces with unseen injuries. If you or a loved one have served and struggle with anxiety, flashbacks, anger or sleepless nights, call the Combat Stress 24-hour Helpline. It’s confidential and we understand what you’re going through.

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MOD assistance to schools with Service children in the UK MOD £3 Million Support Fund for State Schools with Service Children


he MOD £3 Million Fund which is available each year, over a period of 4 years, was announced in the Armed Forces Covenant in May 2011. This is different to the Pupil Premium which is funded by the Department for Education for state schools with Service children in England.

by the school with the Service community; other schools and organisations in preparing the bid;

The purpose of the MOD £3 Million Fund is to assist publicly funded schools, Academies and Free Schools mitigate the effect of exceptional mobility and/or deployment of the Regular Armed Forces or Reserve Forces Communities whose children they support.

• how that success could be measured;

The fund is managed by DCYP and is available for schools throughout the UK as long as they can provide evidence that they are being affected by either exceptional mobility and/or deployment. After each bidding round closes, judging panels, consisting of various stakeholders and an independent member scrutinise the bids, looking for clear and explicit evidence to illustrate: • how the school is being affected by mobility and/or deployment; • the level of communication established

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• how a grant would mitigate negative aspects of mobility and deployment and what a ‘successful outcome’ (should their bid receive funding) would look like;

• realistic proposals regarding how the project would to be sustained after the grant has been awarded; • what positive impact a grant would have on the whole school. For example if a laptop were purchased to help children communicate with their deployed parents, it could also be used by civilian children to keep in touch with their Service friends who may have moved school. Collaborative bids which identify wider reaching benefits for schools with similar needs are particularly welcomed as these often provide a value for money solution and help to enhance networks of self support. Deployment of Service personnel does not necessarily need to be to a conflict zone for

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a school to be eligible to apply for a grant. For example submariners/sailors may be away at sea for a number of months and schools may find that during this time Service pupils may need more support and reassurance. During the 2012 bidding round, schools which submitted successful bids in line with the required criteria, have been able to pump prime a wide variety of projects after receiving grants under this initiative. These projects include engaging a fixed term ‘home link teacher ‘ to support several schools, plugging a funding gap brought about by the temporary drop in Service pupil numbers, and supporting a counselling service available to 20 schools. More information about the next and final MOD £3 Million bidding round, which will be announced in the autumn, can be found on the DCYP GOV.UK website. DCYP continues to work with partners within the MOD, Other Government Departments and various charities with the aim of supporting Service children and young people.

State Boarding: St George’s School:

St George’s School:


The Great Curry Run #4, 26th April 2014

ou are probably looking at, and reading about, other schools: their impressive results despite being non selective, their Christian ethos and Chapel, extensive extra-curricular programme, facilities and St George’s Harpenden has all those features. Having read it all you still won’t know what a school is really like. Every family is different and each school is the perfect fit for someone. Founded in 1907, St Georges was one of the Britain’s first co-educational boarding schools. The school values each pupil as an individual and has a tradition of excellence and success in all aspects of its community life. St Georges, Harpenden, is a school that you need to visit; our staff, pupils and buildings really are what sell our school.

So what can I tell you that stands us apart from the rest? At 9 am on the morning of Saturday 26th April 2014, over 400 staff, governors, students and parents will be pounding the pavements of Hertfordshire to raise funds for The Soldiers’ Charity. Connecting to the charity’s “Big Curry” Campaign, the school has organised its fourth annual “Great Curry Run”. Entrants are running, walking or staggering 10 metres for each service person killed or wounded in action in Afghanistan. With 2580 such casualties, the distance is well over the half marathon distance. Each participant wears a unique t-shirt bearing the name of one of the 400+ service personnel killed in Afghanistan. We do this in the hope it will bring home the purpose of the run and add to the ability to raise sponsorship. The ‘fun’ run event will take place over three distances of 4km, 10km, or 25.8km. The longest distance is 10 metres for each of the 2500+ servicemen killed or wounded in action in Afghanistan since 2001 (that figure being correct as at 31st December 2013, our cut-off date).

We are a ‘state boarding school’ which means the military’s ‘continuous education allowance’ would pay for the boarding in entirety and the state pays for the day school education. Competition is stiff for one of the 120 places for boarders but your child could be part of something special.

(Volunteers) have joined our run. We’ve hosted the Band of the Royal Artillery and a detachment from the RAMC brought a full field hospital display set up to show the realities of warzone medicine and triage. Our event has already raised £140,000 in its first 5 years. Unfortunately the event in April is only open to staff, students, parents of current and past students, and anyone else with a clear link to the school. However you can support the efforts of those taking part at greatcurryrun2014 and, should you apply to join us, you can

look forward to being part of the Great Curry Run 2015 team. If your family decide that St George’s is worth a visit, you can see that you will be coming to a school which meshes with service values, and which pays due heed to how hard won are the freedoms and prosperity which we enjoy. Please call 01582 716277 and speak to the Admissions team to arrange your tour. For further details and offers of help, please email: greatcurryrun2014@stgeorges.

Our previous ‘Big Curry’ events involved the Army Training Regiment from Royston Cambridgeshire running a whole year group through a Leadership Challenge course and an Army PT instructor putting them through the army combat fitness test. A detachment from the 4 Rifles Infantry Battalion mounted an exhibition of equipment and brought their paintball range. “The Tigers” parachute display team from the Princess of Wales’ Regiment dropped onto the lower field. Teams of paratroopers from 201 (Herts & Beds Yeomanry) Parachute Battery, Royal Artillery - Page 13


Boarding Schools:

Key factors to consider when choosing a school Sue Powell was a Senior Army Welfare Worker and served in the forces for 24 years. After she retired, she worked for four years as a Station Welfare Officer before moving to Worksop College to be a House Mistress in one the College’s very successful boarding houses


orksop College is a coeducational day and boarding school set in 330 acres of rural North Nottinghamshire, which abuts Clumber Park. With both her husband and son also working in the Independent Boarding School sector and with experience of managing boarding houses, Sue’s understanding of the needs of forces’ families is second-tonone. Here Sue tells her thoughts on the key factors that parents need to consider when choosing a school for their child and offers a checklist of five top tips. “The first thing parents want to know is that their child will be safe, well cared for and happy and so parents must have a point of contact who they trust and who they can get in touch with at any time. House Mistresses and Masters are central to ensuring that this is the case. “Communication is vital and parents mustn’t feel that they can’t ring House Parents as and when they need to: I take calls at any time and parents will often say ‘but I can’t call you again as we’ve spoken so many times today already’ but the truth is they can – and they do – which is exactly how it should be and how I want it to be. I need to be the carer and the disciplinarian and everything in-between so parents must trust me in that role which is why we work together as a partnership, to ensure that our care of that child encompasses and is the bridge between home and school life. “In addition to the usual pressures, forces parents can be away for considerable lengths of time, often with

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little notice and minimal opportunity for contact with their children and school. In these circumstances, the knowledge that your child is in a safe, happy and fulfilling environment, under the guidance of someone who you have full confidence in, is priceless. “I would also recommend taking the time to really look at the atmosphere of what goes on within the schools you are considering. If we take the provision of academic excellence as a minimum expectation, the decision about where to send a child to school, isn’t just about bricks and mortar: it’s about the relationships amongst the pupils and also amongst the staff. Try to take time to look at these as a way to understanding what the school community is like and whether it will suit your child. “For example, Worksop College is a small school of around 400 pupils, where every child is known by name and expected to contribute to the school community. Every child working to their best academically in a supported approach is non-negotiable. Around that, there’s an extensive extracurricular programme with activities ranging from a wide range of sports and outdoor pursuits to philosophy clubs and trips to art galleries. The House system at Worksop also brings with it a range of activities including House Drama and the annual House Singing competition. It’s important you get a feel for this before making your decision as it will be the whole school experience that ensures your child has a fulfilling life at boarding school and more importantly a feeling of belonging.”

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Sue Powell - House Mistress at Worksop College

Top 5 questions to ask yourself: 1. Will my child feel safe, happy and secure? Do I think they will feel like they belong there? Don’t be afraid to ask for a taster experience for your child. 2. Is the Pastoral Care system firmly established? What is their understanding and experience of working with forces families and the unique pressures this brings? 3. Do I trust this school to take the decisions that I myself would need to take? Talk to the House Parent as much as you need to: this is the welfare of your child and they will not mind the scrutiny – they should welcome it 4. Is the care provided holistic? Do they consider the whole child, academically and through extracurricular activity? What else does this school offer that will ensure a fulfilling experience for my child? 5. Communication is the key to building the successful partnership that’s needed: can I talk to the people who care for my child as often and whenever I like?

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Open Morning – Monday 5th May 2014 Badminton nurtures intellectual curiosity and challenges enquiring minds in a supportive community. Our girls’ enthusiasm for the arts, sport and their many activities keeps the School vibrant – come and see for yourself! 20% fee discount for Forces Families.

A world-class education in the heart of Bristol

For more information or to arrange a visit please contact our Admissions Team on: T: 0117 905 5271 E: Twitter: @AcorntoOakBris - Page 17

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True education is more than academic study


oundary Oak School holds at its heart the belief that every child should be known by their individual character, intellect and interest, not merely by their national ability levels. We are a community that has the philosophy, time and space to understand each child, and one which believes that we should all feel part of a wider family in everything that we do. We are a preparatory coeducational day and boarding school and so look to prepare the girls and boys not just for their senior school, but also for the wider world. We are proud of our excellent academic record, which includes a 100% success at 13+ entry. Our individualised learning programmes encourage all our children to reach their potential, with our particular emphasis upon English and

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Mathematics complemented by a wide-ranging curriculum that for instance allows pupils to be taught by specialist French and P.E. teachers from Nursery onwards. True education is more than academic study. It is about encouraging the children to have the confidence to explore the world around them and so we are offer a myriad of artistic, musical, dramatic and sporting opportunities to complement the many intellectual pursuits. Blessed with 23 acres of woods, parkland and playing fields, as well as a purpose-built Art and DT block, theatre, astro pitch and swimming pool, we are well-positioned to give your child the holistic education that encourages him or her to experience new interests and to develop the self-assurance to tackle fresh challenges.


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Boarding Schools: S. Anselm’s Preparatory School:

Tradition and learning from the past for the future


Anselm’s Preparatory School, perched above Bakewell in the Peak District National Park, offers a superb co-educational opportunity to boarders alongside local day students aged between 3 and 13. The school bursts with energy and fizzes with enthusiasm for academic work, sport and all the extra-curricular activities a full boarding school can offer from rock climbing and pillow fighting to ice skating. Tradition and learning from the past for the future is important to S. Anselm’s and it is using the centenary of WW1 educationally in a variety of ways. Years 7&8 are visiting the battlefields in France in March and the new library will be dedicated to the memory of an OA who died in the Great War. The school offers discounts to children from Forces families and, as a full boarding school, offers the children the continuity and support they need throughout the whole term. Children can be transferred to and from airports or train stations as needed and regular contact with families is encouraged. With a strong history of educating Forces children S. Anselm’s understands their

needs and offers them all the opportunities and support they deserve. Only 20 minutes from a mainline train station and less than an hour from Manchester and East Midlands airports the school has excellent communication links. S. Anselm’s welcomes children with a wide range of talent and ability. This encourages the children to appreciate and understand others, strengthening their skills of mutual support and tolerance. It has an exceptional academic record with 100% Common Entrance success and an impressive list of scholarships to all the top UK public schools including Shrewsbury, Repton, Uppingham, Malvern College and Eton. The outstanding learning support department ensures that every child reaches their potential and their individual learning style understood. Sport, music, art and drama are timetabled into the school day with specialist staff, including a Team GB coach to teach swimming, 5 afternoons of sport every week and a brand new astroturf pitch from April 2014. The school prides itself on the fact that every child has the opportunity to represent the school in a team sport.

All pupils in the Prep have weekly drama, music and art lessons and the opportunity to perform in major school productions each year in our impressive theatre, Hargreaves Hall. Many of our pupils have gone on to receive drama, music and art scholarship awards to a variety of senior schools. From the separate Pre-Prep buildings children progress seamlessly into the Prep School able to welcome those starting at any point. In the Nursery and Pre-Prep children are introduced to swimming, French, sports, pottery and art using the Prep school facilities with specialist teachers. S. Anselm’s offers Sports,

Art, Music and Drama Scholarships at 9+ and 11+ with a Selection Day on Saturday 15 March. You are welcome to come and visit any time. Call 01629 812734 or email to register for one of our Open Days or for the Scholarship Selection Day on 15 March.


S. Anselm’s is a busy, happy co-educational independent preparatory school providing superlative education and opportunities to both boarding and day pupils aged 3-13. • Sitting in 18 acres of Peak District landscape it offers unrivalled teaching, sports and pastoral care. • Many scholarships won to leading senior schools nationwide despite non-selective entry. • Thriving Pre-prep and Nursery accepting Government Nursery Vouchers.

Open Days: 1st March and 10th May Music, Art, Drama and Sports Scholarship Selection Morning on Saturday 15th March For more details email or tel 01629 812734 S. Anselm’s Preparatory School, Stanedge Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1DP. Website: - Page 19


Children’s Education Allowance: FAQ’s


t Education for the Military we understand how daunting claiming your Children’s Education Allowance can be. Here we have compiled some frequently asked questions to help you through the process.

Q. What age will my child need to be in order to claim the CEA? A. The continuity of education allowance is available from 8 years and above.

Q. Do I need to provide my address history? A. The short answer to this is Yes. The reason is to confirm your family is mobile, a key point to Claiming the allowance

Q. I am in the resettlement process, can I still claim the CEA? A. All families must have a minimum of 12 months service left in order to claim the CEA, so this will depend on the length of time you are in resettlement

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Q. What restrictions are in place for choosing a school for my child? A. Firstly we ask that you check the accredited schools database, then check the appropriate school for your child’s age and gender

Q. I am wanting to start the process, where do I begin? A. We recommend speaking with the Children’s Advisory Service direct 01980 618244 (civilian line), 9 4344 8244 (military line) Or email

Q. How long will it take to receive notification of my allowance claim? A. The process can take between 12 and 15 weeks, however you will receive a timeline sheet within your CEA eligibility certificate pack

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Q. Is the CEA available for all ranks? A. Yes, the allowance is for families who show mobility due to their service, irrespective of Rank.

Q. Who is responsible for checking my entitlement? A. Your CO will conduct your entitlement check

Q. I live in my own home, do I still qualify? A. If your home is within 50 miles of your current base, and you agree to move home should your base change to outside this area, then you will qualify

Q. How do I enter into a contract with the School? A. Prior to entering into any contract with a school you must first contact the CEAS If you have any further questions contact the Children’s Advisory Help Line, it is open 08:30 – 15:30 Monday to Friday

Civilian Line: 01980 618244 Military Line: (9) 4344 8244 Email:

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Kelly Swimming continues to thrive at Kelly College


elly College is based in Tavistock, Devon and was founded in 1877 by Admiral Benedictus Marwood Kelly as a boarding school “for the sons of Naval Officers and other gentlemen”. Since that time, the school has responded readily to modern thinking, whilst retaining its own special atmosphere and the best features of its traditional background. For more than three decades Kelly College has been synonymous with world class swimming and coaching. Kelly Swimming has helped to produce more than 50 International swimmers and 20 Olympians during this time and Kelly’s commitment to achieving excellence, in and out of the pool, is never more evident than today. Olympians, Paralympians and Junior European Internationals currently train side-

by-side in preparation for the qualifying process for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. In addition to our Youth and Senior programme, our Junior Development squads are also thriving, with many new 9, 10 and 11-yearolds winning County Championship medals for the first time. With only 360 pupils at the school, personal attention in the classroom is a key attribute of the school and the Kelly Swim Squad is well integrated into everyday life. The day-today training demands on our swimmers are very well understood and supported by the school, the teachers and support staff, who are all very proud of our achievements and history.

Our successful bid for a 50m Olympic Legacy Swimming Pool, from the London 2012 Olympics, will further enhance the development of Kelly Swimming Squad, and provide a facility for many local and national swimming clubs and the wider community. These are exciting times for the swimmers at Kelly College. With the historic and successful legacy of the last 32 years, both Kelly College and the coaching staff are as committed as ever to ensure the long term success of our swimmers and to build on an already proven outstanding track record, which is that “Kelly produces Olympians.”

Kelly College Dartmoor, Tavistock, Devon

Leading academic school in the South West Co - Educational 3 - 18 years Day and Boarding One to one tutorial system CEA Available Extensive co curricular and sport programmes 100% A Level pass rate for 4 consecutive years 40% GCSE grades A*- A in 2013 On site Adventure Centre Saturday programme of activities Many leavers to Russell Group universities For further information, or to arrange a visit contact Antonia Gould Email: Call: 01822 813171

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Advantages of Catholic schools for forces children


oarding schools with a distinctive faith tradition offer unparalleled opportunities for the development of outstanding young people. At these schools, such as my own school, Stonyhurst, we believe that with the right support, every single young person can achieve their personal best in all they do, and we see it as our challenge to bring out the very best in the wide variety of young people we have in our schools at any given time. You would of course expect these schools to offer the best environment for young people to develop their faith, and they do. Not only because they will have one or more chaplains and a generous lay chaplaincy provision, but also because they put faith at the centre of the life of the community, and take decisions at every level which are informed by their mission and values. In many cases, what is promoted is an active, thinking, practical faith, also characterised by a desire to be of service to others: it is precisely with that example of service that military families might particularly identify.

visiting elderly people. It might surprise you to know, though, that students in many faith schools also get involved in manual labour and building projects both here and overseas. Our own students have recently undertaken such work in Kenya, Zanzibar and Peru, for example. Others have taught English as volunteers in remote parts of central China. Moreover, there is a strong tradition, as in other Catholic schools, for our sixth formers to give up a week of their summer to run a holiday for disabled children or to care for sick pilgrims at Lourdes. All of which gives the sort of opportunities for character building with which military personnel will readily identify. That strong tradition of service has often extended in faith schools to our alumni joining the armed forces. In the two World Wars, no fewer than seven of our own alumni were awarded the Victoria Cross. We believe the distinctive nature of faith schools, informed by extensive volunteering programmes, helps to ensure that the strong leadership qualities many pupils develop are tempered with a thoughtful compassion and awareness of others.

Faith schools promote strongly the notion of thinking about and giving to others. At Stonyhurst, we aim that every single pupil will have undertaken voluntary service in some form before they leave. And that is over and above being a part of the combined cadet force, one of the oldest in existence at any school. Sometimes such service might be what you would expect: helping in a charity shop, assisting at a local primary school, or

Education in our best schools is about breadth, and the development of rounded young people. A faith perspective underpins this approach particularly well, as faith schools aim to form young people to be fully human in all senses of what that means. That is why the wider co-curricular life of our schools is so very important. I am always amazed by how much pupils achieve on the sports field, and in music, drama and dance. At Stonyhurst,

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we have a national reputation for rugby, and a very strong reputation also for hockey and netball. Many of our top faith schools also have an enviable reputation for choral music, given their strong chapel tradition. An emphatically Christian perspective informs and engenders strong pastoral care. Military parents, who may themselves be working in challenging environments, need to know that their children will be cared for sensitively and considerately if they send them to board in a British school. Since in faith schools we are encouraged to see the face of God in all our pupils, we treat them as uniquely valuable individuals and seek to know their individual needs. Our pupils too are strongly urged to treat their peers in the same generous spirit. All of these opportunities, as well as the excellent teaching and the outstandingly supportive environment for learning many faith schools offer, help to develop confidence and character and to expand horizons. What better reason could there be for considering a school with a strong ethos of faith for the education of your son or daughter?

>> Written By: Andrew Johnson Headmaster Stonyhurst


Sporting Excellence Stonyhurst College encourages all its students to take part in a wide-ranging sporting curriculum that develops confidence, teamwork and life skills


hile Stonyhurst College has forged a worldwide reputation for developing outstanding rugby players, it also has a much broader sporting curriculum that offers students the opportunity to develop self-confidence, respect and discipline. Sport enhances academic achievement by strengthening character, developing skills and challenging students to do their best. Whether it’s on the rugby field, hockey pitch, golf course, tennis courts, cricket pitch, in the sports hall, swimming pool or competitive shooting in the range, all sport encourages teamwork and determination. Stonyhurst’s Director of Sport Simon Charles, who accompanied college students on a recent highly successful rugby tour to South Africa, said: “Our vision is to create an environment where all pupils can achieve success in sport, from engagement and participation, to performance and excellence.”

“Competitive sport is at the heart of our programme but what is of equal importance is enjoyment and sportsmanship. This crucial positive and enriching experience in sport complements our holistic approach towards education. We believe what happens on the sports field in terms of attitude, behaviour and motivation can have a positive impact in the classroom - learning to work hard and achieve is a transferable skill.” Having produced an extraordinary number of rugby internationals in recent years, including Kyran Bracken, Will Greenwood, Iain Balshaw and Joe Ansbro, Stonyhurst continues to turn out some of the country’s best young players: last season no fewer than 12 were selected to play at county, regional and academy level. Two of them play for the U16 England squad. Head of Girls’ Games, Emma Kay, said: “In the last few years we have been extremely successful, gaining local and regional success

in both hockey and netball and we are continuing to challenge our girls to strive for excellence in their chosen sport. We provide them with the opportunity to develop in a range of sports which gives them breadth and depth.” Head Girl Harriet Shepherd, who is captain of the girls’ netball said: “At Stonyhurst sport has not only developed my skills as a player, but has taught me leadership and teamwork; it develops individual personalities and friendships as well as talents.”

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Queen Victoria School, Dunblane Wendy Bellars, Head

Open Morning on Saturday, 20th September 2014


ueen Victoria School (QVS) is a coeducational boarding school fully funded by the Ministry of Defence to provide stability and continuity of education for the children of UK Armed Forces personnel who are Scottish, or who have served in Scotland or who have been members of a Scottish regiment. QVS is tri-Service and most of its pupils have at least one actively serving parent when they enter the school. Our main intake is into the Scottish system’s Primary 7 year; there is no exact equivalent with the English system, but the majority of our P7 intake are aged ten or eleven when they join us. That said, there is a wide age range

within the year groups. Many of our pupils have come from educationally disrupted backgrounds as they have moved from school to school and education system to education system, according to their families’ postings. Pastoral care is given a very high priority along with careers guidance and personal and social education. Queen Victoria School aims to promote the welfare and happiness of each individual child and develop their self-esteem. In addition, there is a very full programme of sporting, cultural and spiritual development. Queen Victoria School is a unique boarding school which seeks to achieve the best that is possible for its pupils, priding itself on developing them in the widest possible sense and aiming to achieve success academically, in sport, music, drama and many other extra-curricular areas. A very special and unique dimension of this school for military families is the ceremonial side, which preserves the very best of the School’s traditions. Marching as part of the School on one of its six Parade Sundays a

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year, and on Grand Day – the final day of the academic year – is one of the proudest moments of a Victorian’s life (as well as that of his or her parents)! The Pipes, Drums and Dancers of QVS are internationally renowned, having played at tattoos both at home and abroad, most recently in the Basel Christmas Tattoo 2013 and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2012. Set in 45 acres of beautiful Perthshire countryside, Queen Victoria School is easily accessible by road, rail or air. There is no substitute for visiting a school, meeting its pupils and staff and picking up the atmosphere. We are holding an Open Morning on Saturday, 20th September 2014, to which all eligible families are warmly invited. If you would like to know more before travelling to Dunblane to visit us, however, and to request a DVD, please contact our Admissions Secretary on +44 (0) 131 310 2927. Alternatively, you can write to: Admissions Secretary, Queen Victoria School, Dunblane, Perthshire FK15 0JY, or visit our website

Queen Victoria School Raising to Distinction Open Morning Sat 20 Sept 2014 Admissions Deadline Thu 15 Jan 2015 Queen Victoria School in Dunblane is a co-educational boarding school for the children of UK Armed Forces personnel who are Scottish, or who have served in Scotland or who have been members of a Scottish regiment. The QVS experience encourages and develops well-rounded, confident individuals in an environment of stability and continuity. The main entry point is into Primary 7 and all places are fully funded for tuition and boarding by the Ministry of Defence. Families are welcome to find out more by contacting Admissions on +44 (0) 131 310 2927 to arrange a visit.

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The Combined Cadet Force at King’s School, Bruton


t is of course axiomatic that, as parents, we want the very best for our children. Naturally, this includes the highest quality of education, undertaken in a caring environment that provides just the right amount of challenge to enable them to achieve all of their potential, be it academically, on the sports field or in the arts. So within this framework what part should a Combined Cadet Force (CCF) contingent have in your child’s education and why might you wish to consider it as a factor when selecting a school? Put simply, a CCF contingent, such as the one we have at King’s School in Bruton, can help develop that most intangible but desirable of things: good character. This mighty aspiration

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is achieved by undertaking a wide range of adventurous activities that the children would not normally be exposed to, and to do so in small groups and teams. Indeed, the official aim of the CCF is to “provide a disciplined organisation in a school so that pupils may develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance”. However, if a CCF Continent is to achieve anything – let alone help shape future leaders – then first and foremost it must be fun. Of course, ‘fun’ is something of a subjective concept, but the huge variety of opportunities available means that there really is something to appeal

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to each individual, including: flying; shooting; climbing; power boating; sailing; kayaking; and military exercises, to name a few. Here at King’s Bruton, I have been delighted to see the broad grins which have accompanied a first flight, or shoot, or sailing trip – despite an occasional reticence before the event that can be so common amongst teenagers. Secondly, CCF should foster individual self-reliance and self-discipline. Whilst I cannot guarantee the discovery of a new found love for tidying their rooms or a Guards-like standard of appearance – although in any case, CCF certainly should not be some sort of quasi-basic training – even the most reluctant member of the Contingent finds himself

being jollied along by his peers to do the best that he can until it becomes second nature. Thirdly, it should cultivate teamwork and develop leadership skills, and at King’s Bruton we do this by encouraging the older cadets in the Contingent to lead the juniors at every opportunity. Those who choose to remain in the CCF in the 6th form undertake a selection process to become Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) and take their place at the pinnacle of the organisation. As far as possible the CCF should be run by the NCOs: it should not simply be a re-hash of school with teachers in fancy dress, but instead provide a chance for the older children to gain experience in planning, instruction, leadership and motivation.

leaders develops each year. Moreover, the children have fun and gain opportunities that simply aren’t available elsewhere. So how should CCF affect your decision over where to send your child to school? Obviously it won’t be the most important factor in your choice, but a school with a Contingent can offer

that little bit extra towards your child’s development. Don’t take my word for it: come and see for yourself!

>> Written by: Al Moxham, Contingent Commander, King’s Bruton CCF

If all this seems a bit much to squeeze into a couple of hours each week, together with weekend and summer camps – then it is! However, CCF can offer so much to those who choose to commit to it, and it is tremendous to watch how the next generation of



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Focus on Specific Learning Difficulties?


he umbrella term “Specific Learning Difficulties” (SpLD) is used to cover a wide variety of difficulties. Many people use it synonymously with dyslexia (a difficulty with words), but it is now generally accepted that dyslexia is only one of a group of difficulties. Lesley Farrar from CReSTeD provides an update and advice on dealing with SpLDs. Every parent around the country will be very aware of the challenges facing children face in school. Whether to join the Drama group, the Chess Club or play on the Football Team can be heavy questions for a child.

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Sometimes parents find there are more difficult questions to face: • why isn’t my child reading as well as other children? • why does my child have difficulties in sport? The answer might be that a child is coping with a Specific Learning Difficulty – otherwise known as SpLDs. These include Dyslcalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Disorder and Asperger Syndrome (see boxed copy for definitions). CReSTeD is a charity set up to provide guidance and

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assurance to parents who are seeking a school for their child with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) – of these the main difficulty is dyslexia. CReSTeD works with support from several organisations: the British Dyslexia Association, Dyslexia Action, Dyslexia SpLD Trust and Helen Arkell Dyslxia Centre, and is the key reference point and a symbol of quality when seeking a school with SpLD provision. If your child is dyslexic, the continuity of education allowance is only available for schools approved by CReSTeD.

Which School Should I Choose? CReSTeD divides the levels of provision at schools into six broad categories labelled: Dyslexia Specialist Provision, Specialist Provision, Dyslexia Unit, Specialist Classes, Withdrawal System and Maintained Sector. These categories are not a hierarchical grading of the quality of provision - they are there because children have different needs, and the categories go some way towards matching the level of the pupil’s needs to the level

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS: of provision at the school. An educational psychologist’s report should offer guidance as to the level of provision relevant to your child. The CReSTeD Register includes a checklist to help parents decide if a school can meet their child’s special educational needs, and a geographical index of schools. Published annually, CReSTed supply copies, free of charge to parents, local authorities, education psychologists and many others who have a role in helping parents to find the right school for their child. The Register is available direct from the CReSTeD Administrator in booklet form but it can also be downloaded as either an iBook (for viewing on an iPad) or as a pdf (viewable on numerous devices). Full information is also published

on the website: CReSTeD was founded to help parents. It has had and will continue to have influence on the standards of provision for SpLD pupils.

For more information about CReSTeD or for a copy of the Register, please contact:

Lesley Farrar, either by: Tel 01691 655783 / 0845 601 5013 Email:; Web:

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aking life time decisions of what courses to take for further education is a daunting experience for any child. There are so many different areas to explore. If your child already has a clear career plan in mind then the decision would be based around the best college for the courses they wish to take. However for the child who isn’t sure yet of which path they would like to take then the whole process is a little more time consuming. We recommend looking through all the different AS levels and A’levels available along with the many BTEC courses colleges have available. Speak to each of your short list of colleges direct gaining a full insight into how these courses are ran and what is involved. There are many very good independent colleges with which you can use your continuity of education allowance. If you have been in receipt of the allowance for 2 years then you will automatically qualify. Should your child wish to change from their current boarding school to an independent college, it is relatively simple to change the allowance over to the preferred education provider. If you have yet to claim your allowances then you need to do so for your child’s GCSE years, again most independent colleges cover the GCSE courses and offer boarding accommodation which will meet with the CEA criteria. (Please contact the Children’s Advisory Service or the information on the best way to proceed with a claim. All colleges

have open days where you and your child can visit and talk to the lecturers to discuss all the options available. These dates may be fixed, which can be a challenge if you are operational. However, we recommend that you contact the college direct and arrange a visit for a more suitable time.Most colleges will be happy to accommodate these requests. If you are looking for an independent college route, you will also need to view the accommodation for your child and any extra costs involved which are not covered by your allowance. Pastoral support is important for any child entering further education. We would also recommend you talk to the tutors involved in your child’s pastoral care and ask what provision there is for when you come home on leave. You may also like to enquire if they allow additional time off for your child during this time. If your child has a special educational need then each college should have available a dedicated SEN tutor to advise you on what is available. Having SEN Statements in place at this stage is important and will provide your child with extra exam time, readers and scribes, with extra time can be allowed for coursework. Once your child has finished their further education then they can claim a Disability Student Allowance. If they progress to university this allowance will help towards the cost of specialised computers and software specific to their needs.

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Apprenticeships: APPRENTICESHIPS: that in the second year of my programme I was given the extra responsibility of team leader and then since graduating I have been promoted to Parts manager.”

Support throughout the programme Support for the apprenticeship programme can be found both through Babcock and through your employer. Highly qualified trainers ensure that your knowledge based and practical learning is ready for you to go and apply it in the workplace. Mentors will support and guide you at your workplace and Vocational Learning Advisors will regularly visit you to ensure that you stay on track and receive all the support you need. Once accepted as part of the programme, both Babcock and your employer will support you to a successful completion.

Earn while you learn... Gain an Apprenticeship


pprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining real life work experience, earning money and being trained both on and off the job. University isn’t the right path for everyone and with the ever increasing cost of living and education fees; it is also becoming less affordable. With an apprenticeship, you won’t be racking up debts to pay off later; you’ll be earning money to pay the bills whilst building your career. Babcock are the training partner of choice for a number of prestigious automotive manufacturers, delivering their apprenticeship training across the country using customers dedicated training facilities or their own purpose built training centres. Working in partnership with brands such as Volkswagen Group, BMW, Fiat, Hyundai, Mazda, Ferrari and John Deere, Babcock provides different courses to match a range of career choices.

An automotive apprenticeship isn’t just about fixing cars. The days of mechanics with overalls covered in grease has moved on as manufacturers develop their technology and become more dedicated to enhancing their customer’s experience. Babcock now delivers apprenticeship programmes across a wide range of disciplines including service technician, product advisor, customer service advisor, body repair and paint technicians, agricultural technicians and turf technicians.

Kieron Bramall, Head of Automotive at Babcock commented, “We are proud to be the chosen training partner for the automotive industry but more importantly we are proud of our apprentices. Each year our training grows and develops as our customers continue to invest in the programme, which increases the calibre of people that we return to them. We understand that apprentices are the workforce of the future and will continue to support apprenticeship training.”

Building your career

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Whichever manufacturer you work for through your apprenticeship programme, you will become an ambassador for that brand. Babcock works in partnership with our customers so that we understand their brand values and pass them on to all of the apprentices. Apprentices will also benefit from receiving training on the latest products from each of the manufacturers; using the latest technology and quite often getting an early look at new models to the market. These apprenticeship programmes are quite simply, the best in the business and one of the best places to start your career. Jack Gilbert, Volkswagen Group Apprentice of the Year for 2012 said, “The VWG programme is the best of its kind and I’m proud to be a part of it. I’m pleased to say

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One of the other major benefits of an apprenticeship is the qualification you will receive once you have completed the programme. Graduation from any of the apprenticeship schemes run by Babcock guarantees you a nationally recognised qualification that will enhance your CV.

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An automotive career isn’t all about overalls and grease... Much of the work on today’s precision vehicles is based around computer diagnostics and the industry requires highly skilled and qualified people. Some things don’t change though – you’ll need enthusiasm to learn and a passion for cars. Babcock offers Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships with some of the biggest names in the industry including Volkswagen Group, Ferrari, BMW, Hyundai, Fiat, Mazda, Subaru, Chrysler, and John Deere as well as the best of local independent dealers. Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeship include: • Service Technician • Vehicle Body Technician • Vehicle Paint Technician • Parts Consultant • Customer Service • Retail Sales Advisor Find out more: Freephone: 0870 013 0325 Email:

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paced and exciting disciplines that thrive on innovation and have the potential to change the world. To be an effective practitioner in these areas requires the ability to stay up to date with rapidly changing technologies and have the competence to apply these technologies effectively. Our courses are specifically designed to enable you to become an agile adopter of new technologies and will equip you with the professional skills, techniques and ways of thinking needed to pursue a successful career.

Wanting to pursue a completely new career path on leaving the Royal Navy, James Merson (pictured) chose Oxford Brookes University to help support his goals.


served for 4 years with the Royal Navy in the Weapons Engineering branch and was drafted to HMS Monmouth where I spent two deployments to the Middle East on antipiracy operations and protecting the oil platforms off the coast of southern Iraq. When I decided to leave the Service, I knew that my undergraduate degree was not suitable for the career I wanted to pursue, so I decided to use it as a step-up onto a Master’s course and to re-train for a completely different industry. The training that I received within the Royal Navy (which was primarily on weapons systems and ordnance), was so specialised that it would never have been applicable in a normal civilian job, so retraining was essential. I applied to Oxford Brookes to study for a Master’s degree in Digital Media Production and within two months had received an unconditional offer. I had already started my own HGV subcontracting business which helped fund the fees and I was able to continue with this on a part-time basis when I started my course later that year. Studying at Brookes was fantastic. In order to keep the part time work going

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I had to be absolutely dedicated to the course and disciplined, but I decided from day one that my priority was getting the MSc and that the sub-contract work would occasionally have to be put on hold to meet the requirements of studying. During the course I worked with clients, built a small portfolio of work, created a showreel and made some very useful connections, all essential and ideal things to include on a CV or in a covering letter. I have already had offers of employment as a freelance videographer and editor both here in the UK and abroad, from companies and charities that have seen my work which I created here at Oxford Brookes.

We place a strong emphasis on developing an inclusive learning and research community. We work to integrate our world-leading research with our teaching so that students become engaged with the leading edge of their discipline. Our new Cognitive Robotics Laboratory, for example, will enable students to apply what they are learning about programming to the control of sophisticated robots. Our courses, taught by leading academics with active research programmes, are designed to meet the needs of modern industry. Our graduates tell us that the relevance of our courses and the skills they’ve learnt enable them to achieve their goals and build their careers. In addition our location in Oxford places us at the heart of one of Europe’s biggest concentrations of high-tech businesses. Our postgraduate courses, with the exception of Digital Media Production, are now available to take as Postgraduate

I will never forget Oxford Brookes University, or the fantastic opportunities it has presented me with. It was certainly well worth the tuition fees!!” If you study computing at Oxford Brookes, you will encounter state-of-theart technologies - such as robotics and computer vision - and develop a wide range of cognitive, practical, analytical, creative and professional skills. Computing, digital media and communication technologies are fast

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Oxford Brookes University: Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma awards in addition to the MSc award. This is ideal for those who are already working in the industry who wish to take advantage of the opportunity to improve their skills and expertise in particular areas. James Merson joined our Department of Computing and Communication Technologies to study MSc Digital Media Production when he left the Royal Navy. The department also offers an MSc in Computing for those wanting a change of direction, in addition to a suite of Master’s degrees, including networking and communications subjects, for applicants with relevant first degrees. Even if your first degree is not relevant, but you have worked in the industry you can also be considered. These are the computing courses we offer: MSc/PGDip/PGCert Computing MSc/PGDip/PGCert Computer Vision MSc/PGDip/PGCert Software Engineering MSc eBusiness MSc/PGDip/PGCert Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks MSc/PGDip/PGCert Mobile and Wireless Communication Systems MSc Digital Media Production If you are interested in pursuing postgraduate study in engineering you will normally need to hold a first degree

in an engineering subject, but applicants with relevant professional experience can also be considered. In all our programmes, which are developed in conjunction with industry, we aim to equip our students with the specialist knowledge and skills, experience of latest technology and specialist software packages and to develop as individuals so as to leave them in the best position to compete in the employment market. This is recognised by many employers, especially in Formula 1, who recruit a significant number of our graduates. Whether your passion is road cars, race cars, great engineering design, probabilistic concepts or algorithms, then postgraduate study on one of our Master’s courses will help you to realise your ambitions. Our graduates enjoy excellent employment opportunities. Many go on to pursue successful careers with leading engineering and technology companies including major automotive and motorsport companies. Inherent in all our activity is the value we place on partnerships with business and industry, because it not only helps us to do better teaching and research and provide learning opportunities, such as student dissertations, but it also allows us to add value back into the economy. Teaching takes place in our purpose-built £9m facility which is well equipped and

>> Students in the engineering workshop the envy of many local organisations. It creates an environment in which technical expertise is enhanced by creativity and imagination. This promotes a friendly, close knit community of staff and students with excellent student support staff and facilities close at hand. When Adam Lowe, who studied MSc Racing Engine Design in our Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences graduated, he joined LOTUS F1 Team as a Graduate Mechanical Designer working on Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). Adam says: “If you take advantage of what’s on offer and put in as much as you want to get out, then Brookes has something special to offer: a path to a dream industry that is taken for granted by many!” These are the engineering courses we offer: MSc Advanced Engineering Design MSc Automotive Engineering MSc Motorsport Engineering MSc Racing Engine Design On the Mathematics side, we also offer MSc Medical Statistics. World-class research and superb links with industry come together to make Oxford Brookes one of the best places in the UK to study at postgraduate level, whatever your subject interest. As James Merson says, “studying at Brookes was fantastic.”

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The University University of of Edinburgh: Edinburgh: The

Get The Edinburgh Advantage

The University of Edinburgh Business School provides a learning experience designed to give students the skills to be effective leaders across industry’s most competitive sectors


he Business School enjoys a long tradition of teaching and research. The school offers undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education programmes in business and management and provides a platform for research, discussion and debate on a wide range of business issues. Part of the University of Edinburgh, one of the world’s top 20 universities with a rich heritage of delivering education for over 400 years, the University of Edinburgh Business School has an international student body typically representing more than 80 countries. The student body comprises 880 undergraduate students, 470 postgraduate students and 128 doctoral students. The Business School’s alumni network connects over 10,000 alumni in over 120 countries worldwide. Recently the school relocated to a new building at Buccleuch Place, located at the heart of the university campus. This state-of-the-art space features eight lecture theatres, multiple syndicate rooms, an executive education suite, student study centre and online resource, a cafe, and significant flexible space for staff and students. The building has been designed and specified to meet the current and anticipated future needs of the school’s portfolio of activities and represents an investment of £17m by the university.

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Intellectual environment Edinburgh itself offers and excellent environment for study. The intellectual traditions of the city, its beauty and magnificent stone architecture, have all contributed to Edinburgh’s reputation as the ‘Athens of the North’. The city has a rich cultural heritage and is also know as the festival city hosting 12 festivals a year including the internationally recognised Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The school’s teaching and research covers six main subject areas – accounting & finance, entrepreneurship & innovation, management science & business economics, marketing, organisational studies and strategy & international business. An emerging area of expertise for the business school is strategic leadership marked by the recent recruitment of four Professors with expertise in this important business area. The School offers a highly ranked MBA programme, an EMBA and MSc programmes in Management, Finance and Investment, Accounting and Finance, Financial Management, Banking and Risk, Human Resource Management, International Business and Emerging Markets, Carbon Finance, Marketing and Marketing and Business Analysis. Our MBA prepares managers to deliver the

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strategic leadership needed in an increasingly competitive, volatile, uncertain and complex business world. Businesses need leaders who are proactive, entrepreneurial and adaptable. We offer two MBA variants - a 12 month programme or a 16 month version featuring a study abroad component. In addition Our EMBA is designed to inspire a new generation of strategic leaders. Developing individuals with capabilities to innovate, craft strategy, and lead change. An applied programme delivered over two years with classed once a month (Friday through Saturday) in Edinburgh. Join us to advance your career. The school is accredited by EQUIS and AMBA – reflecting not just a long history of business teaching but also the substantial experience of a faculty comprising more than 99 teaching staff. Core to the school’s philosophy is a close interaction with the corporate world through industry-based research and consultancy. The School’s research and education activities are firmly anchored in the core business disciplines and have clear connections to practice, enabled by strong relationships with external organisations. The school aims to attract excellent staff and students from around the world and to provide an intellectual environment which fosters debate and world-class research. Further information: To find out more please visit: To get a feel for the School visit our blog:

Take off with the new Edinburgh Executive MBA An MBA to inspire a new generation of strategic leaders Develop your capability to innovate, craft strategy and lead change. An applied programme delivered over two years with classes once a month (Friday through Saturday) in a leading financial and cultural capital.

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336

Nuclear Security Management CPD Course UCLan I Nuclear and Fachhochschule Brandenburg Institute for Security and Safety are pleased to announce a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course in Nuclear Security Management. This one-week CPD course will be held 29th Sept - 3rd Oct 2014 at UCLan I Nuclear, Preston, UK. This CPD course is designed to meet the needs of nuclear practitioners and will be delivered through short lectures, discussions, case studies and reflective learning by staff from both universities. The course will appeal to practitioners looking to develop their career further in nuclear security. Much emphasis is placed on the development of nuclear security management skills together with increasing awareness of the latest threats and trends in nuclear security. Course materials are mapped to nuclear security competencies and extensive use is made of educational materials produced by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and best practice guides from the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS).


About the Nuclear Security Management CPD Course

The CPD course will provide a general overview on all topics that relate to the management aspects of security in general, and its application in the nuclear security field in particular. More specifically, the course will cover the following aspects: • Essential elements of nuclear security • Basic principles of security management, budgeting and human resource planning, nuclear security culture, nuclear security awareness and integration with other disciplines • Setup of a functional security organisation, including governance instruments for establishing roles and responsibilities within nuclear security management activities.


Key Themes

• Essential Elements of Nuclear Security • Understanding Nuclear Security Management • Nuclear Security Culture • Organising Nuclear Security • Protecting Assets


Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to understand and apply the basic principles and processes for successfully managing nuclear security in organisations that need to take nuclear security into account. Specifically, students will be able to: 1. Understand nuclear security as a comprehensive approach always considering the threat status and impacts of threat changes to the nuclear security posture; 2. Understand how adequate protection measures are identified and their effectiveness and budget requirements estimated (for example identify and categorise threats, vulnerabilities and consequences, focusing on regulatory compliance); 3. Understand methods and processes for establishing, maintaining and assessing an adequate level of nuclear security; and 4. Understand methods and processes for gathering and analysing relevant data for identifying recurring operating costs and human resource requirements. These learning objectives will be illustrated with practical examples in nuclear security.


Future Development

It is our intention to develop this CPD course into a Postgraduate (PG) Certificate in Nuclear Security Management (subject to approval and validation by the University), comprising 3 one-week (20 credit) modules. Attendance on this CPD course may enable participants to be given some credit towards

the PG Certificate when they register for the PG Certificate in Nuclear Security Management. The PG Certificate course is ideal for practitioners wanting to advance their career in nuclear security, gain academically accredited qualifications and build on their on-the-job experience. The three modules that will make up the PG Certificate in Nuclear Security Management will be: • Module 1: Nuclear Security Management • Module 2: Computer Security in Nuclear Facilities • Module 3: Operational Aspects of Nuclear Security To find out more about the planned PG Certificate in Nuclear Security Management, including options for course location or in-house delivery, please contact


Course Fees


How to apply and further details

The fee for the Nuclear Security Management CPD course is £1,575.

The CPD course will be in English and can also be arranged to be delivered in other locations to suit your requirements or in-house, in whatever country your organisation is located. Contact for a no obligation quotation. For the CPD course apply online or email for an application form.


Innovative thinking for the real world


Adoption and SSAFA


f you are currently serving and trying to adopt, SSAFA has a registered adoption agency for military families. We know that serving families can face different challenges when it comes to adoption, especially if they move homes frequently. With over 50 years of experience SSAFA is adept at helping families to overcome these challenges and are able to place dozens of children each year. Our professional and confidential adoption service supports those who are thinking about adopting a child, placing a child for adoption or who are themselves adopted and are looking for help or advice. Our service is available to all those in the Serving community and is also available to UK based civilians serving overseas. We work with prospective adopters and adoptive families wherever they are posted to, including overseas locations. Who can adopt? There is no typical adoptive parent. At SSAFA we work with a wide range of people, providing homes for children with heterosexual couples, homosexual couples, families who already have children and single adopters. We are especially looking for applications from:

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• People who can consider adopting single children who are generally over five years of age • People who can consider adopting brothers and sisters of all ages who need to be adopted together • People from ethnic minorities to give children from diverse backgrounds of all ages an adoptive family that reflects their heritage. Becoming an adoptive parent An adoptive parent needs to be able to offer an environment that is safe, stable and loving for children to grow and enjoy a healthy, constant family life. Some qualities of an adoptive parent include the ability to empathize with a child, to have fun and be able to handle difficult situations. There are some basic requirements for adoption in the UK: • You must have a spare bedroom in your home • You must be over 21. Why SSAFA’s adoption service is different We continue to provide support once a child has been placed with a Service family, including post-adoption help, advice and

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back-up to the families who adopt. Local authorities recognise and value the stability of military families and the steady environment of Service life and also recognise the importance of our postadoption work. Happy ending Helen and Neil are one couple that SSAFA has recently helped to successfully adopt a two year old boy. When they began to consider adoption in 2011 SSAFA’s adoption agency was their first choice due to Neil’s service in the RAF. Helen says: “Being in the forces is a totally unique way of life. An adoption agency that can understand the nuances of that lifestyle was so important to us. There was no real question of us going through another agency – it was just so much easier with SSAFA.” The couple feel that SSAFA’s standards for preparation provided them with a good grounding for what was ahead. Helen says: “SSAFA helps you to become an entire package making you a great prospect for a Local Authority to trust you as parents. We always felt that SSAFA wanted us to have a child and were working together in our interests.”

TLC Wales Fostering:


Could you be a Hero to a child with disability?


ver thought about fostering for more than just a second?

Stop and think again, but this time think about the impact you could make on fostering a child with disabilities or complex medical needs. Fostering is more than looking after a child, providing a roof over their head. Fostering is a way of life, a career where you get training and support. You work in partnership with us. It’s not for everyone. Its 24/7 but you’re never alone. In fact when you foster with TLC you don’t just care for a child or young person you become part of a large team.

TLC Wales was established in 2001 to specifically look after children and young people with special needs. Since then our family has grown but we still need foster carers. Currently there are more children who need fostering than carers and in 2014 is going to be a challenge to be able to offer all the children in care stability, warmth, a life and family they deserve. Sometimes they only need care at holidays and weekends, or it might be a short term placement whilst home life is difficult. It can also be long term and the child stays in care till they reach adulthood. It’s a rewarding career. Not because you get paid 18k tax free. Ask any person who

fosters what the rewards are and their face will light up. It’s the difference they have made on that child’s life and the impact and difference the child or young person has had on not only them but their family’s life. Don’t take my word for it, ask a foster carer and you’ll be hooked. If you’re over 21, have a spare room and would be prepared to undergo an enhanced police check why not give it a go? TLC will give you all the help, support and ongoing training you need. If you would like to find out more, Why not call us on 01269 846371. We will come and meet you, answer any questions you might have and help you decide if fostering is for you. It’s a life changing decision and we know it’s not one taken lightly, but, TLC foster carers make a difference to children and young people every day perhaps you could too.

Ever thought about fostering as an alternative career?

You can earn from 18k looking after a child or young person with disabilities. Thinking about fostering? Want to find out more? Please get in touch TLC making a difference

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FOSTERING & ADOPTION: Aren‛t you getting a little old for that?

‘My sister and I were fostered by Ravi and Clare. Now I have a happy family of my own.’

New Year... New Career We are on the lookout for people who are interested in understanding teenagers. We pride ourselves on the support we give our Carers,

Giving children the chance to grow up together with their siblings helps them maintain a sense of stability and consistency.

Individual support & training

24hr support and guidance

Barnardo’s urgently needs carers who can foster or adopt brothers and sisters.

Group Training days

Generous allowances

To find out more call us on

0191 492 9000

Interested in joining us? just call!

or visit us at

01376 329 460

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MILITARY BACKGROUNDS PROVIDE EXCELLENT ‘TRANSFERRABLE SKILLS’ POTENTIAL FOR FOSTER CARE AT LEAST 8,600 new foster families are needed across the UK during 2014 to provide stable, secure and loving homes Military families can make excellent foster families for children in foster care. They have experience with adaptation and flexibility, are more likely to come from a variety of races and cultures, and have access to military benefits. They know how to be creative and organized and how to deal with adversity and separations, are experienced in adjusting to new surroundings, building new connections and supporting each other. The diversity of military communities and environments reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of children in foster care who need families who have the ability to work with emotionally charged situations as well as the other skills, experience and commitment needed. The skills and qualities that are instilled in servicemen and women - such as resilience, leadership, loyalty, being a reliable team player and looking out for your colleagues – are traits that would assist in the development of both young children through to teenagers.

Contact us now to find out more about fostering and our next information sharing days.

0845 094 5651 E mail: Website:

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Why foster for TACT? Like joining the services, becoming a foster carer can be a life changing decision. It’s certainly not an easy one.


ur foster carers consistently tell us that the job they do is difficult, but also the best and most rewarding thing they have ever done. Foster carers who already have families will see their children make new friends for life. Providing a loving and secure family home, transforming the life of some of the most vulnerable children in society, is not for everyone. Many of them will have experienced abuse or neglect before coming into care. It takes determination, patience, love and understanding. The results can be amazing. Children who have been in TACT foster care have seen their lives transformed, becoming successful happy adults.

So why foster for TACT, the UK’s largest charity provider of fostering and adoption services? We know that for a child in care to succeed it is essential that their foster carers are given all the help they need. We have many years experience as an independent fostering agency. We’ve seen it all. Before you start, you will be given extensive training covering all aspects of being a carer. You’ll have a TACT social worker who will visit you regularly. You will be able to contact us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for help and support. TACT is a Sunday Times ‘Best 100 Not For Profit Company to Work For’, so we support our staff to help you. We help many of our carers to go on to take opportunities for career development

through more specialised training or by accessing courses. TACT believes that service families are the ideal environment for children in care to prosper. We know that developing strong relationships, beyond the immediate family that cares for them, is absolutely fundamental to their well being and development. The sense of community that exists in service families is exactly the sort of environment that will allow them to gain confidence and prosper. Local authorities will often ask TACT to care for some of their more troubled children and young adults. Often they will never have been shown the love, attention and security that most of us take for granted. A service family could provide just the home they need. ‘For me, being a foster carer is the best job in the world. It’s challenging, but also so rewarding. You’re on a journey from the moment you get the children’ Sheila Cummins, TACT Foster Carer

Could you welcome a child into your family? TACT is a fostering charity that provides loving homes for children and young people across the UK who are unable to live with their birth families. We’re looking to recruit military families to join our amazing team of foster carers. As well as generous allowances you’ll receive training and support to help you to fulfil the role. Whether you’re single, already have a family or have never thought about caring before - all you need is patience, understanding and a spare room. Please get in touch to find out more. 0203 4680 755 Registered charity nos: England & Wales 1018963. Scotland SC 039052 - Page 43

HEALTHCARE: no intervention is required, however if you neglect getting checked out the problem could escalate. Don’t be afraid to seek advice and thus avoid losing time with lengthy rehabilitation periods.

You Can’t Deny, Prevention is Better than Cure!


e often worry about those closest to us, but neglect our own health needs, safety and wellbeing. Most families have a hectic daily routine breakfast, school runs, getting off to work, running a home. If serving, you may have a tour coming up and your thoughts are with your family, “are they going to be alright while I am away?” It’s easy to neglect your own problems, pushing them to the back of your mind thinking you’ll get round to sorting that out later, or next time you’re home. The problem is that you don’t get around to doing that because other things end up taking priority; decorating, fixing the car, visiting distant family and so on.

Avoiding Injury

We’re all guilty of putting our own needs on the back burner, but remember the old adage; prevention is better than cure. Neglecting an injury or potential health issue can lead to long-term sickness, which could have a damaging impact on your work, lifestyle and family.

Seeing a Medic

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The most common injuries are caused by just everyday slips, trips and falls. At work there are systems in place to reduce such risks, but we don’t always take this approach in the home. If something is broken, make sure you get it fixed. Avoid double standards. For example a man working on a building site may check scaffolding is built to correct safety standards, so that men can work at height safely, and if anyone is climbing more than 3 steps on a ladder he’ll make sure someone holds the ladder steady. But at home, the same man puts up an extension ladder on an uneven surface, climbs the ladder on his own and falls.

If you suffer a minor injury or feel generally unwell it’s best to take time out of your busy schedule and see a medial professional for advice. Perhaps

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A young man once presented to my sick bay who was visibly unwell with a high temperature, rapid pulse and abdominal pain. He had been experiencing symptoms for a while but needed to work to support his family and pay the bills. His situation became critical, his appendix burst and he developed septicaemia, resulting in hospitalisation for two weeks and was unable to return to work for six weeks. An early diagnosis may have led to just a three day period of hospitalisation and he could have been back at work after one week. In the worst case scenario avoiding medical help could have resulted in loss of his life.

Being proactive. Taking responsibility. There are many ways that you can be proactive about the health and wellbeing of your family and yourself. You could talk to your local medical centre about a Well-Man or Well-Woman check up. Or why not book yourself onto a one day Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) course, so that if you faced a life saving situation, you would be better prepared to take positive action. Medical training courses can help prepare you in all walks of life, from your career to your family life.

>> Written By: John Adamson of DDRC Healthcare. John Adamson manages DDRC Professional Services (a not-for-profit part of UK charity DDRC Healthcare), providing medical training for people in the offshore, maritime and diving sectors. He is a registered nurse, worked as a Royal Navy medic for over 20 years and has also worked as an Offshore Medic, a Diver Medic Technician and as an Occupational Health and Safety Advisor.


Our customers say...

• Top quality training by highly qualified & experienced trainers • Specialists in Maritime, Offshore and Diving sectors

“Relaxed and welcoming attitude, time with real doctor, incident time with real casualties and time to practice”

Courses include: • MCA / STCW Proficiency in First Aid on Board Ship • MCA / STCW Proficiency in Medical Care on Board Ship • IMCA Diver Medic Technician • HSE Offshore (Rig) Medic • HSE Offshore First Aid at Work

“The knowledge and experience the trainers had was fantastic” “Excellent instruction, a good range of lectures and plenty of practical time”

We do Occupational Medicals too:

MCA Seafarer ENG1; HSE Commercial Diver; Oil & Gas UK (UKOOA); Norwegian etc.

CONTACT US to discuss your

requirements or to make a booking. +44(0)1752 209 999

Enhanced Learning Credits Approved Training Provider no. 3436 DDRC Healthcare is a not-for-profit organisation & a UK registered charity no. 279652

The Hyperbaric Medical Centre, 8 Research Way, Derriford, Plymouth PL6 8BU

Or VISIT us at the Armed Forces Day in Plymouth in the Veterans Village 28th June 2014


Adult Education: what are the Benefits?


ducation is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela famously quoted. However it takes commitment and funding in order to arm you with the powerful weapon of education. Thankfully as you are already a member of the Armed Service Family the funding side is all sorted for you. All you require is the commitment to learn new skills and qualifications which are going to improve your career not, only whilst serving but when you are ready to re-join Civvy street. So what can you get and where can you spend your funding? Standard Learning Credits (SLC) These credits are available to all serving members, no pre-registration required and you are entitled to £175 per year towards the cost of personal and professional development. The £175 is available every year you serve, however it cannot be carried over so you need to use the funding each year or you lose it. There are no restrictions on course levels that you can use your SLC on and you may use this to boost your ELC or IRTC if required.

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Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) If you have taken the opportunity to register, then the ELC credits give you a significantly larger amount of funding to spend. This funding is for Level 3 (A level equivalent) courses or higher, the amounts you receive depend on your length of service. Once you have served for 3 years you are entitled to 3 x £1,000 to cover or go towards the cost of training. When you have served for 8 years you are then entitled to a further 3 x £2000, making almost all training affordable for you. If you are leaving the Armed services then you are entitled to the Individual Resettlement Training Cost (IRTC). This is tax free amount of £534 plus a £79 per day allowance towards the cost of accommodation, meals and incidental expenses associated with your chosen course. Many training providers now have direct learning courses which you can enrol on, giving you the opportunity to learn in your spare time and at your own pace. You still receive full support from your training provider, and if you have chosen a ELC registered training provider you are assured they are already trained service personnel, therefore your situation will be

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fully understood and your needs met. Securing your future is important, even if you intend to remain in the services for the foreseeable future. Training will help with your promotional prospects, and give you the additional qualifications to back up the skills and experience you have gained in your current position. We strongly recommend that you take advantage of the funding opportunities available to you, to arm yourself with the most powerful weapon of all, education. The following pages have some recommended training courses you may be interested in. Should you like to have more information on these courses or details of other courses which may be more suited to your needs the speak to your Education Officer. Alternatively you can make contact with the Education for the Military team. If you have used your funding and would like to encourage other forces personnel to do the same please contact us and share your experiences and the benefits you have received? To contact the Education for the Military Team log on to our website: or add us on Twitter @EducationMat

The Sheffield College


Step out into a bright new Future Ready to make your next career move? The Sheffield College offers a broad range of courses that can lead to employment or Higher Education. • Access to Higher Education Diplomas • Higher Education programme • Vocational courses

Visit: Tel: 0114 260 2600 Email:

Hillsborough College

Norton College

Peaks College

Sheffield City College

Sheffield College of Applied Engineering

Approach Training Safely:

Be your own boss? ACHIEVEMENTS During the past three months we have been proud to attend presentation ceremonies for 15 newly qualified Moving and Handling Instructors. For some, this was a new venture, coming from a range of backgrounds including healthcare and industry. They were supported by Approach Training Safely and their employer to complete three accredited qualifications, ensuring that they were qualified to Back Exchange Standards, including Level 2 Awards in Safe Moving and Handling, Moving and Handling Risk Assessment and Level 3 Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector. Some of these candidates are now preparing to complete our First Aid Instructor course in March, which is excellent news for their personal development and career opportunities. BUILD ON YOUR STRENGTHS The First Aid Instructors course is a very popular choice for ex-service personnel, as provides you with the knowledge and skills to plan and deliver an interactive and engaging training course, assess learners competence through a range of methods and meet awarding body requirements. Successful candidates will achieve QCF L3 certification in First Aid at Work and the new Award in Education and Training. Having a teaching qualification will allow you to deliver training and assess learning in any subject area in which you can demonstrate competency through either qualifications or experience, opening up a wide spectrum of options. Whether you are a gym bunny, enjoy flower arranging or photography, you will be able to plan and deliver training sessions on a self -employed basis or for an employer. BE YOUR OWN BOSS We know from experience that the prospect of being self- employed can either be exhilarating or nervewracking (often both at the same time) but nothing worth having ever comes easy! For this reason we include business aspects of working as a

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self- employed training provider, costing a course, marketing options and networking, to give you an informed start and guidance in your new business venture! PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IN HEALTH AND SAFETY Approach Training Safely is working in partnership with DP Consultancy (NE) Ltd, giving candidates direct access to the Essential Minimum Safety Standards passport, either face to face or via e-learning. Successful completion of this short course covering essential health and safety, will provide you with access to work in hazardous environments and immediate access to your qualifications and experience via internet and smart phone. ‘The EMSS Safety Passport is the only safety passport scheme to provide evidence of a safety passport holders HSE training competence.’ Being able to demonstrate personal development and progression gives you added credibility when looking for employment and promotion. Whilst the EMSS passport demonstrates a sound base of health and safety knowledge, Approach Training Safely can work with you to progress your knowledge from Level 2 short courses to Nebosh General Certificate and beyond. “Since 1989 150,000 candidates have gained the NEBOSH certificate making it the most widely held health and safety qualification in the UK. The NEBOSH certificate involves a minimum of 80 taught hours and approximately 49 hours of private study making it a very high quality course delivering over and above the required essential minimum health and safety standards required to work safely in high hazard environments.” WHAT NEXT? To find out more about your options for personal development and that all important next step, contact:, give Kathryn a call on 07800 630269 or follow us on Facebook for regular updates on course information.

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> Approach Training Safely Instructors with Tracey Magneron, here she is receiving her Moving and Handling Instructors course certificate

What was the best part of the course? • I thoroughly enjoyed the whole course. The practical teaching sessions were scary but great learning curves.

How has the course changed your practice? • Before the course I was very accepting of what people said, but since the course I find myself questioning why things are done and how to do them better.

AIR TRAINING CORPS: of activities is long, varied and open to all cadets. Yes it’s a challenge but that’s what life is all about. Get a head start We are not a recruiting organisation for the RAF but if you are thinking about a Service career, cadet membership will put you ahead of the competition. Many cadets go on to great success in the RAF (and the other Services) . Around 40% and 50% of all aircrew (including pilots, navigators and engineers) in the RAF now are ex-cadets. Research shows that they do better in basic training and stay in the Service longer than their colleagues. Likewise, if you chose a civilian career our research proves you can go on to great things. Employers just love the skills and experience that Air Cadet’s offer. Lets face it, where else would you be given the opportunity to fly solo in a glider or powered aircraft when you’re 17? Whatever you do with your life at the end of your time as a cadet you will be selfmotivated confident and ready for anything.

Air Cadets: The Next Generation


he air cadets is a modern, dynamic, air-minded youth organisation offering a wide range of fun and challenging opportunities for development, new adventures and activities. Are you up for fun, adventure, incredible experiences and making new friends? Are you looking for something to give you the edge in life? Then you need to find-out more about the Air Cadet Organisation, better known as the ‘Air Cadets’. We are a national cadet force with more than 40,00 members aged between 13 and 20 years. We are sponsored by the Royal Air Force and can give you hands-on experience, activities and courses that will challenge and develop your skills to help you succeed in whatever you want to do. The ACO is made up of two areas: • Air Training Corps – the ATC is the RAFS cadet force, divided into six regions, 33 wings and more than 900 squadrons within communities around the UK. • Combined Cadet Force (RAF) – the CCF

(RAF) is our section of the CCF which is made up of cadets from all three services coming together in approximately 200 independent and state schools across the country. Our aims are to: • Promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force among young people • Provide training which will be useful in the Services and in civilian life • Encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship And there is one more important thing – it’s a lot of fun! Ready for a challenge? As a cadet you will have the opportunity to do things that others only dream about. Want real flight experience? NO PROBLEM How about heading out on adventurous training and camps, sometimes overseas? Competitive sports, drill, shooting, music, abseiling, engineering projects? Our list

Training and Education Aside from all the great experiences and new skills you will gain as an air cadet, you can also take away real qualifications that will set you apart from the crowd when you head to university or begin your chosen career. • Leadership training, where you can really prove your worth as a leader, a skill that will build your confidence and you ability to deal with different kinds of people. If you can handle it you could get to the Junior Leaders course- it is gruelling but what you get out of it will be invaluable to you for the rest of your life. • BTECs are always popular and a widely recognised qualification- more than 4,000 cadets have registered for the First Diploma in Public Services and over 6,000 have signed up for the First Diploma in Aviation Studies. There is also the increasingly popular First Diploma in performing Arts (Music) for budding musicians. • First Aid is another essential skill you can skill you can learn, you may be awarded a certificate from St Johns Ambulance. Keep up to date with the Air Cadets Online: - Page 49

SCOUTS: activities. Tom Parkin, our Birmingham store manager and a dedicated Scout from Beaver to Leader, explains how Cotswold Outdoor stores can help to inspire the next generation of explorers.

“As a Scout Leader for 10 years and a member since Beavers I’ve been heavily involved in the outdoors for a long time, and a customer of Cotswold Outdoor almost as long! When Cotswold Outdoor began sponsoring the Hikes Away Staged Activity Badge and provided resources to help us teach essential hiking skills to the Scouts about getting into the wilderness we were delighted to use them. Staff in store are incredibly committed to equipping the next generation of young adventurers. Adventure and the outdoors is their passion and working directly with The Scouts Association is something they relish. I’d recommend any youth group or outdoor group visit their local store and see how they can help”.

Scouts: Inspiring a love of the outdoors


otswold Outdoor is proud to support many outdoor groups and helping these groups to fulfil their outdoor goals has become a core part of what we do. We also work closely with youth groups such as; The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Girlguiding and The Scout Association, providing their members and leaders with expert kit advice, free in store services and discounts when ordering kit that will be used to help their members to discover and enjoy the outdoors. Through our fun, hands-on kit talks young people, leaders and parents can learn about the correct clothing and equipment for their activities from highly-trained staff that have a genuine passion for the outdoors. Talks can cover expert advice on topics like the benefits of layering, which fabrics are best for which conditions or advice on maintaining equipment. Our expertly trained staff will discuss in detail, the clothing and equipment needed by the group based on their intended activity or trip so that the talk is tailored specifically to them. During the talks, children and leaders can get hands-on with kit and partake in demonstrations to ensure that they

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are aware of how to use the kit and also, how to look after it. Children are encouraged to ask questions, have a go at activities like putting up a tent and join in team activities to get the group working together and have fun at the same time! Talks cover a wide variety of activities including: camping, walking and trekking and can also be tailored with certain locations or even climates in mind. Parents are also welcome to join in on these talks for peace-of-mind and for advice on the right kit for their children. Kit talks can be arranged through your local store manager at your local store or at a location more convenient to the group including at school or at the group’s regular meeting venue. Providing expert advice to both the young participants of these groups and their leaders and adult members ensures they have expert knowledge for their adventures and we know they’ll be prepared. Our stores are also actively involved in their local outdoor groups and are also available for out of hours use by local outdoors groups, for meetings, kit demonstrations and

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From sleeping bags to walking boots, climbing harnesses to waterproof jackets, we have the UK’s widest range of outdoor clothing and equipment and, because our staff are as passionate about the outdoors as they are, we also have expert advice to go with it. This year, we celebrate our 40th birthday and with it, the many years we have supported these outdoor groups. Working with these groups has made us what we are today; a leader in the outdoor market and the go to place for quality kit and reliable expert advice. For more information about how your nearest Cotswold Outdoor store can help or, if your children are involved in outdoor groups and you’d like more information on the services we offer, contact your nearest store. Don’t forget, members of the Armed Forces receive 10% off*, shop online or at stores nationwide. Please visit our website for more information:

With over 250 brands to choose from, including: The North Face, Rab, Berghaus, Salomon and many more, we offer the UK’s biggest range of high quality outdoor clothing and equipment. SUPPORTING YOUTH TRAINING Cotswold Outdoor is proud to support outdoor groups such as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Girlguiding UK, The Scout Association and World Challenge. Through expert advice, free kit talks, boot and rucksack fitting services in store and sponsorship of activity badges, we help to inspire a love of the outdoors in the next generation of explorers and intrepid travellers. SUPPORTING THE MILITARY Members of the Armed Forces receive 10% discount*, shop online or in stores nationwide. We also offer Group Account Facilities to military units as well as VAT free exports to overseas BFPO addresses.**

*Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. For online orders quote code AF-MOD-4A. Offer expires 18.12.14. **For details of our Group Sales facilities please email or call 01666 718576.

ARMY: Aldershot

Aldershot: Home of the British Army


ldershot Garrison is home to the Headquarters of the 4th Division of the British Army which includes 43 (Wessex) Brigade and 145 (South) Brigade. Aldershot is in North Hampshire and a 10 minute drive from both the M3 and the A3 providing easy access to the M25, Central London, the South Coast and the West Country. Aldershot is known as the ‘Home of the British Army’ and the Ministry of Defence owns more than half of the 4200 acres it covers. It is close to Farnborough, Fleet and Farnham. Larger towns such as Guildford, Woking, Basingstoke and Reading all have excellent shops, restaurants and leisure facilities and are easily accessed by road and rail. Aldershot train station has direct trains to London, Guildford and Woking and you can get a connecting service to many major destinations in the South and throughout the rail network. Regular bus services operate throughout Aldershot and there is a set down and pick up coach service to London at Aldershot bus station. Local facilities in Aldershot include a leisure centre, a bowling alley, two theatres, a golf

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club and the Wellington Shopping Centre. There are two Community Centres in Aldershot and one in Church Crookham, all offer many activities for the local community including mother and toddler groups and both adult and children’s clubs and activities. Garrison Facilities There are many facilities available for both soldiers and their families in Aldershot Garrison and these include the Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre which has an Olympic sized swimming pool, squash and badminton courts, specialised areas for netball, volleyball and basketball and a fully equipped fitness studio. Other facilities in the Garrison include the Aldershot Tennis Centre which has both indoor and outdoor courts, The Hawley Lake Sailing Training Centre and the Army School of Physical Training Sports Club. Further details on all of these facilities are available from the HIVE along with contact details for the local Aldershot Garrison Angling Club and the Bourley Fly Fishing Club. In addition to local community libraries there is the Prince Consort Library on Knollys Road which is of national significance. The

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Garrison has three Churches and additional places of worship for both Nepalese and Fijian personnel. ‘The HUB’ is a dining centre for serving personnel and facilities here include a LONDIS convenience store, a licensed bar selling hot snacks and sandwiches, an internet café which has 6 terminals , TV screens showing the most popular sporting fixtures, a pool table and fruit machines. There are two Community Centres in Aldershot and one in Fleet and all offer many activities for the local community including parent and toddler groups and both adult and children’s clubs and activities. For telephone numbers of the Community Development Workers based in each centre, contact the HIVE. Aldershot Garrison Radio on 102.5 FM is broadcast from studios in Middle Hill and provides the Garrison with music, entertainment, news and information 24 hours a day. The Army Sport Control Board is based in Aldershot. It is now possible to contact any Army base via: Tel: 0207 218 9000

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is the Army’s national charity, since 1944. We help thousands of soldiers, former soldiers and their families each year. It is thanks to the continued support of people like you that we are able to be there, year after year, for all those who need us.

Text ARMY8 to 70004 and send us a £3 donation. Increase your donation by texting ARMY8 £5 or ARMY8 £10.* Thank you for your kind support. *Text costs your donation amount plus network charge. ABF The Soldiers’ Charity receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payers permission. Customer care 08448479800.

RAF RAF:Lossiemouth Lossimouth

Personnel & families are well provided for at RAF Lossiemouth


he HIVE is staffed by an Information Officer and is a focal point for the Service community. They have an endless source of information about RAF housing welfare support, local health and education facilities, giving you the best information regarding the schooling of your children. They will also give you information on the regional entertainment, transport and much more. The base has its own center for worship at St Aidan’s Church and Community Centre, giving both spiritual guidance and support from the RAF Padres who hold events and group meetings in St Aidan’s. Mother and Toddler groups are regularly held in the community areas of the centre, information on dates and times are available from the HIVE. Soul Food Café – based in the St Aidan’s Centre, provides a relaxed and comfortable area to enjoy good food and company. The Spar Shop and Costa Coffee is located in the purpose built Combined Mess building where you can stop for a cuppa or get your shopping. For a night out on the base RAF Lossimouth has The Stagger Inn – a bar and function room routinely used by Junior Ranks, but available for Station events or for private (Station) bookings. Some of the Off Station facilities are: RAF Lossiemouth Childcare Centre – conveniently located near the main entrance to the Station, this is one of many such centres in the area which provides Childcare for your

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children; again all information is available at the HiVE. ‘The Circle’ Community Centre – located in the Bishopmill area of Elgin, this community centre caters for the nearby service community as well as the wider Moray community, giving you a chance to get to know the local community. SSAFA Forces Help – based close to the main entrance to the Station, this civilian organisation provides a professional, comprehensive and confidential range of welfare support services to the Armed Forces, their personnel and their families. Clifton Heights Welfare Facilities – Flats and a house in Lossiemouth that have been established to provide accommodation for the use of RAF Lossiemouth service personnel of all ranks. These well-equipped quarters not only serve all ranks but MOD civilian staff are entitled to use these facilities as well, subject to availability. Whilst the primary purpose is to provide welfare support, service personnel may use the apartments for visiting family and friends. If required visit Clifton Heights for more information Local Primary Schools: Lossiemouth Hythehill Primary School Tel: 01343 812014 St Geradines Primary School Tel: 01343 812251

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Elgin Bishopmill Primary School Tel: 01343 547841 East End Primary School Tel: 01343 542381 Local High Schools are: Lossiemouth Lossiemouth High School Tel: 01343 812047 Elgin Elgin Academy Tel: 01343 543485 Elgin High School Tel: 01343 545181 Service Community’ section, listing links: RAF Community Families Federation - Airspace - airspaceLogon SSAFA - RAF Lossiemouth’s Community Support Team exists to provide a first class information, guidance and support service to the RAF Lossiemouth service community. The Community Support Team can be contacted at various locations on station or at the Bishopmill HIVE and can provide further information to service personnel and their families.

Military Property Solutions (MPS):


Military Property Solutions:


hilst the troops are preoccupied with preparations for the next operational tour or overseas training deployment, partners are often left wondering about their own long term security and housing prospects, and may well ask themselves the question, “How will I secure my own family ambition, by assisting with home?” that all important first step: investing for the future with In spite of several MOD the first foot on the property initiatives to support house ladder. MPS provides help purchase with Long Service at every stage. Drawing Advance of Pay and the Armed together a range of experts, Forces Home Ownership it takes the hassle out of the Scheme, frequently military process, from selecting a personnel serve many years sensible investment, getting before getting on the property a mortgage, conducting a ladder. More often than not survey, purchase negotiations, it is the spouse that takes the conveyancing, tenancy first step, and provides the sourcing and vetting and motivation! management. Also, having negotiated fixed fees with all Military Property Solutions the professionals involved, (MPS) is a company designed MPS makes budgeting for the by military for military that process easy, with its market helps clients to take the first beating rates. step onto the property ladder. In the current climate, there is We caught up with the little hope of getting that ideal founder of Military Property family home on leaving the Solutions, Maj (Retd) Ben forces, unless you have started Roberts, to find out what with something more modest motivated him to start MPS, a good while beforehand. “Having served for over 20 MPS helps service clients to years, and been married for achieve their ultimate property 12 years, I am aware of the

hectic pace and operational focus of military life these days, and of the very great sacrifices made by service families. In some respects the odds seem stacked against Service personnel, but I do believe, based on experience, that given the right advice, Service Personnel are better placed than many to get on the property ladder. I wanted to ensure that this opportunity was made available as widely as possible. So I set up MPS to pull together the relevant experts to deliver an end to end service.” Perhaps the most difficult aspect of property purchase in the current climate is finding a deposit, but Government

Home Buy schemes as well as the upgraded LSAP scheme from the MOD can provide vital assistance. Meanwhile, for those on ops, the Operational Allowance lump sum payment still represent an excellent source of assistance. Whatever your situation, MPS has a range of options to suite your needs, and will guide you through the process to help you take that all important first step. We can begin with a program of one to one tutorials, or an informal brief to a group of families, or formal unit briefings. So, what ever you require, don’t delay: visit, - Page 55


Royal Marines: Norton Manor Camp is the home of 40 CDO RM


ituated In the market town of Taunton, there are many benefits for the family in and around Norton Manor Camp.

The Camp has fantastic health and fitness provision which includes a fully equipped gym with a wide range of cardiovascular and weight training machines, a sports hall, indoor swimming pool, squash courts, tennis courts and a climbing tower. For budding footballers or rugby players there are also all weather pitches. One of the most popular training activities is the Norton Manor Camp 2.2mile circuit, which includes a number of exercise stances situated around the camp perimeter track. The camp has fantastic Educational provision including a well stocked library and Internet suite.

on 10th November 2010. The granite memorial, unique to 40 CDO RM, serves to remember those who have lost their lives whilst serving with 40 CDO RM. The Garden of Remembrance is home to slow-growing trees planted by the families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In Taunton itself there are many activities to enjoy with your family. For golf enthusiasts there is the Taunton Vale Golf Club and for your children there is the Army Cadets located near RM Taunton. For the green fingered children one of the largest rural youth organisations Young Farmers Clubs is available for children aged between 10 and 26 years of age.

There is also a Naafi/Spar shop on camp and families centre.

For a drink in the ‘local’ why not try the Cross Keys Tavern in Norton Fitzwarren or the Ring of Bells Inn. There are a number of restaurants nearby as well such as Pizza Express, Miles at the Riverside and Stonegallows Inn.

Also at the base is the 40 COMMANDO MEMORIAL AND GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE. The garden was opened

There are many Boarding Schools around the Taunton Area however if boarding is not for your family there are local state day

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schools available. Some schools local to the base are: • Archbishop Cranmer CofE Community Primary School • Bishop Fox’s School • Bishop Henderson CofE VC Primary School • Bishops Hull Primary School • Bishops Lydeard CofE Primary School • Blackbrook County Primary School • Cheddon Fitzpaine CofE Primary School • Churchstanton Primary School • Cotford St Luke Community Primary School • Creech St Michael CofE Primary School • Crowcombe CofE VA First School • Curry Mallet CofE VC Primary School • Danesfield CofE VC Community Middle School • Halcon Community Primary School • Hatch Beauchamp CofE VC Primary School

For information on education for your family visit the HIVE, which is on camp and is open 08:30 hrs to 13:30 hrs Monday to Thursday. The Telephone number for the HIVE is:

01823 362 471

No one who has served our country should battle blindness alone Blind Veterans UK supports blind and visually-impaired Armed Forces and National Service veterans and their families - no matter what caused their sight loss. Call 0800 389 7979 or visit to find out how Blind Veterans UK can help you. Blind Veterans UK, 12-14 Harcourt Street, London, W1H 4HD | 020 7723 5021 | | Registered Charity No 216227 (England and Wales) and SC039411 (Scotland)

Never thought about God before? Thinking about Him now? SASRA has helped generations of Service Personnel and their families think about the big questions. On Deployment? Contact At Home? Contact SASRA HQ Tel 01252 310033

SASRA, Havelock House, Barrack Road, ALDERSHOT. GU11 3NP


Technology, mathematics and engineering courses that build on your armed forces experience

At Oxford Brookes our courses deliver real-world skills that are in demand across the globe. Many ex-forces students like you have taken the next step in their careers with us. Our international reputation means we have industry partners that are second to none, so not only will you learn through inside knowledge, you’ll get invaluable foot-in-the-door contacts for the future. We’ve got the best tools, equipment and facilities, identical to those in industry. We offer flexible study options because we want to help you learn in a way that works best for you, with across-theboard personal support.

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Using skills learned in the Army, Mechanical Engineering student Tamba Konteh is making the most of his time at university.

Studying Digital Media Production at Brookes enhanced ex-Royal Navy student James Merson’s professional connections in his new career.

Pete Flann’s experience and qualifications from the army proved an ideal basis for a degree in Computer Science and Network Computing.

To find out more, visit for mechanical engineering and mathematics courses or for computing and communications programmes. Discover for yourself why Oxford Brookes University is one of the best places to study in the UK.

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