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Tettenhall College is a day and boarding school for girls and boys from ages 2-18 years.

A stunning historical setting with modern teaching and sporting facilities, currently undergoing a ÂŁ3 million investment programme. Outstanding academic performance and exam results with pupils gaining top university places including Oxford, UCL, LSE, Bath and Queen Marys. Exceptional pastoral care, pupils enjoy excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural development within a genuine family atmosphere.

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EQUIPPED FOR LIFE A Mount Kelly education combines academic excellence and exceptional pastoral care with an outstanding range of learning opportunities beyond the classroom, many on nearby Dartmoor National Park. Mount Kelly’s Combined Cadet Force Programme is an integral part of the school curriculum, delivering personal development skills and abilities across a range of disciplines. Mastering these life skills plays a key role in our pupils’ academic and co-curricular success. For more information about Mount Kelly including the School’s CCF and Forces Families Programmes and full range of scholarships and discounts please contact Vanessa Bowles, Director of Admissions at or 01822 813193

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nternational superstar Ed Sheeran has lent his support to a school’s charity single recorded by one of its students who met the singer songwriter at one of his concerts.

The Brit Award winner has featured the song Soldier, Soldier on his website for his millions of fans to enjoy and download from iTunes, as the song commemorates WW1 and is raising money for Care for Casualties – The Rifles’ Charity and ABF, The Soldier’s Charity. The Duke of York’s Royal Military School (Dover, Kent) asked student Rachel Ward, 14, to record the song – not surprising, as her father is a serving member of the British Army. Rachel, who is a huge Ed Sheeran fan, said: “While it was amazing to meet Ed Sheeran and record Soldier, Soldier, it’s important to remember those who gave their lives and their families left without a husband, father or son.” The song was written by a local songwriter, Vida Ivatt who sent it to the Duke of York’s Royal Military School’s music department, hoping they would play it. Major David Cresswell, Director of Military Music at Duke of York’s Royal Military School said: “This is a brilliant opportunity to raise funds for two worthy military charities. We’re also hoping to get the song published into sheet music, so that other schools around the nation can enjoy the song themselves.” Go to and in the news section, click on the YouTube link to hear Soldier, Soldier and view the school visiting the battlefields of Flanders and taking part in the Service of Remembrance at Menin Gate. © Ben Watts 06 I Education for the Military I

PICTURED: The Duke of York’s Royal Military School student Rachel Ward, 14


CASE STUDY: DAVID RAWLINS >> Provided By: Flexyfoot


ndover’s David Rawlins was just your average 21 year old; a fit and active young, life-loving guy, when his role as a British Army Vehicle Mechanic saw him posted to Afghanistan. David was unaware that his tour in Middle East would end under tragic circumstances following an accident that left him with limited use of his right leg. Following three years of intensive physio, David now 27, has discovered a new lease of life, a great new career and is extremely positive about his outlook for the future. Crediting Flexyfoot with helping to keep him mobile, David dropped into the office to share more about his story with the team. Here’s what he had to say: FF. David, tell us if you will, about your experience out in Afghanistan: DR: It sounds funny to say but until the accident, I really enjoyed by time out in Afghanistan. It’s a beautiful country with the most incredible sunsets and in general the local people were really friendly. Initially, I was really busy as a Vehicle Mechanic with REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers); some of the vehicles weren’t as reliable as they perhaps needed to be and it quickly followed suit that these were upgraded, leaving me with fewer vehicles to repair. Good really given the nature of the beast but it meant I was re-rolled within the squadron doing more operational work and getting time to mingle with the locals. For me, it was a better experience being out on the ground than it was being within Camp Bastion all of the time. During this posting, two months before my tour was scheduled to end and I was due to come home, we were on patrol in, a built up area of increased danger, where we were more likely to run into hostility, when the ‘Jackal’ we were travelling in ran into a ditch and rolled three or four times. Thankfully everybody else in the vehicle was uninjured and came away with a few scrapes and scratches but I’d been sitting on the top roll bars after giving up my seat to allow the new team taking over to get ground orientation consequently ended up trapped underneath the 7.5 tonne vehicle. It was dark and dust had been kicked up by the accident so visibility was really poor but I knew I just had to get myself out of there. A fallen truck is a target and so getting to relative safety was the only thing going through my mind at that point.

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[ DAVID RAWLINS ] the opportunity to train to be a pilot and it was too good of an opportunity to miss. I started at Aerobility where I trained and volunteered until 2012, just after the London Olympics finished. I credit them for absolutely opening the doors to my ‘new life’; I was there first thing in the morning and last thing at night, and absolutely loved it. Now, I’m qualified as a fully licensed private pilot.

Eventually, I managed to get myself out and a medic came to my aid immediately. I was quickly helicoptered out to Camp Bastion medical Centre were I underwent treatment. I was lucky really. The situation could have been a whole lot worse if we had come under contact something that I don’t like to think about. FF. So was that the end of your time in Afghanistan? DR: Pretty much. Although the equipment at Camp Bastion was excellent, they needed further scans to diagnose my injury and so quite quickly I was flown home to the now Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. This all happened in rather a blur but the military was excellent at arranging for my parents to get up to me, organizing their accommodation and sending my equipment back to the UK.

Aerobility has a fully adapted aircraft to allow people with a whole range of disabilities to experience flying. Having said that, there are still misconceptions about people with disabilities piloting; I had to take several medical flight tests before I was issued my license. As a pilot, you are just a voice on the radio. People can’t and don’t make assumptions about you, which is why I really like it. Life deals you with a pack of cards, you have to make the best out of your hand. I was asked by a college along with my colleagues to talk to the young adults about my experiences; to inspire them to achieve more and have a positive outlook on life. I still miss the army, although I stay in touch with everyone regularly. It’s fantastic social camaraderie and I have no regrets about my time there, despite the resultant injury. I now work for Gama Aviation, on a shift pattern, managing flight planning and the running of the Scottish Air Ambulance. I officially left the army in September 2012 and went straight to work at Gama. The transition was really easy due to my voluntary work at Aerobility. >

As it turned out, I’d damaged my right hip quite significantly; the ball had punched through the socket and I needed a bone graft. Despite the graft, further scans showed that the nerves around my hip joint had died off, meaning the primary muscle needed to utilise my leg for walking and mobility was severely compromised and, unfortunately, would likely deteriorate further over time. I was obviously pretty cut up about it but doctors told me to start using a walking aid immediately to maximize the relative mobility I had and make the most of it whilst I was still young and fit. From there, I spent three years in rehab, attending weekly sessions at Headley Court. FF: It sounds like you went through a really tough time. How are things in your life going now? DR: During the three years in and out of Headley Court, I was determined that I didn’t want those years of my life to pass me by. I was living at home with my parents on military sick leave and it was tough. It was during this time though that I discovered the ‘Battle Back’ arm of the ‘Help for Heroes’ charity via Headley. They provide opportunities and funding for ex-servicemen to get back into work and help them back into life. I had

>> Pictured: David and his partner who have just found out they’re expecting their first child.

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[ FLEXYFOOT ] > FF. How’s your mobility today?

DR: The physio was obviously long and intense and it gave me the best chance I had maximising what mobility I had left; when I was at the Mobility Roadshow in Peterborough, I came across Flexyfoot and thought ‘why isn’t everyone using these?!’. It’s really helped with my mobility and keeping me active, particularly the stability and huge reduction of pain through my shoulder. Previously, after a long day on my feet, I’d need to ice my shoulder through the evening. That’s never a problem now with Flexyfoot. Generally, standard NHS sticks are perceived as being for old people and as a twenty-something year old, it was never for me. Flexyfoot’s design is young and funky. Like your’s truly, obviously… On the whole, I’m managing really well. I’ve got a lot of my independence back and Flexyfoot’s helped with that. My positive mindset has obviously been a massive factor in that too.

FF. We’re really pleased that Flexyfoot has been able to help you in your journey… DR. It really has. It’s a life-changer and has done wonders for my confidence, especially when walking into a shop out of the rain, it grips perfectly. I can walk up grassy slopes and have absolute trust that it will hold out, while other people are digging their sticks into the ground and yanking themselves up hills! I’m always getting stopped by people to ask where it’s from. I’m still on my journey but my experience has definitely given me a different outlook on life. I’m hoping I can train as in instructor to teach people with disabilities how to fly. Ideally, I’d volunteer to do this in between flying commercial airlines, which I hope will be the next step for me in terms of piloting. My main goal for every step is to ensure that I’m enjoying myself and making the most of life. It can all change in a split second.

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Walking With The Wounded’s Cumbrian Challenge is back!

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A Walking With The Wounded’s Cumbrian Challenge is back by popular demand on Saturday 16th May 2015 for its third year. >> PROVIDED BY: Walking with the Wounded

re you and your team up for supporting 200 more wounded veterans back into employment by competing against our inspirational wounded servicemen and women on our breath-taking ‘Tough’ (20km) or ’Tougher’ (29km) routes over the stunning peaks of the Lake District? It’s just £200 to sign up for each team of four and all you need to register is the name of the team captain. Every team that signs up will support a wounded veteran into work. All sound good? If so, join us in Grasmere on Friday 15th May – Sunday 17th May for a pre-race feed the night before, an unforgettable and testing event, and then a celebratory post-race feast and prize giving with the WWTW team. Walking With The Wounded launched the Cumbrian Challenge in 2013 and it has quickly become a firm annual fixture for the charity to enjoy alongside our extraordinary supporters who have given overwhelming feedback about the memories created and friendships made throughout the weekend. The minimum age of participants is 16, but each team must include one adult of 21+. The team entry fee includes the following: • Friday evening meal • Saturday morning breakfast • Saturday afternoon hot and cold drinks and snacks at the finish line • Saturday evening meal • A technical training T-Shirt • Finishers medal • All event administration • Water stops en route • Mountain rescue team (with vehicle support) and route marshalls • Suggested training, food and required kit information • First aid teams

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Official timing and checkpoint control staff Health and safety route management Toilet facilities and showers at the site base Saturday evening entertainment Officially timed results

The Route The challenge comprises two circular routes from Grasmere, catering for varying levels of physical fitness and determination. The cut off for route changing is two weeks prior to the event. All team members therefore need to be in agreement over what route they will be doing, and aware of what they are undertaking. This year’s routes see the race head over the mighty Fairfield: The Tough – 20km hike, 1,300m of altitude gain, expected time: 5-11 hours (depending on experience) The Tougher – 29km hike, 1,800m of altitude gain, expected time: 5-11 hours (depending on experience) Registration To register your team, we only need the name of the team leader. Four team members are not required at this stage. However, please bear in mind that team places will not be guaranteed until payment is made. Register now for the Cumbrian Challenge 2015 Already registered? Update your team details We very much look forward to seeing you there! For further details, please visit our website: www.walkingwiththewounded. cumbrian-challenge-2015/

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The Royal British Legion Riders Branch

To date, The Royal British Legion Riders Branch have raised £832,550.23 for the Poppy Appeal and we look forward to topping the £1,000,000 mark soon. >> PROVIDED BY: The Royal British Legion


he Royal British Legion Riders Branch is an official Branch of the Royal British Legion for members with an interest in motorbikes. Starting out with just 14 members, over ten years ago we are now over 6000 strong worldwide and play an active part in promoting and supporting the RBL and the Poppy Appeal. The Riders Branch is very diverse in its membership. Members are young and old, male and female. We take part in all types of events, from track days to rallies, on customs to sports bikes, and everything in between, not forgetting formal Legion organised events and fundraising where we aim to show a different side of the Legion to the one that many of the public tend to perceive. We are brought together by our enthusiasm for motorcycling, and our willingness to support the aims and charitable efforts of The Royal British Legion. Branch members have the option to belong to more than one branch if they wish, allowing them to remain members of their local Legion Branch/Club as well as the Riders, which is a National Branch. All our members are encouraged to play an active role within the branch and the wider RBL at both Local and National level. We place great emphasis on getting out on our bikes with other branch members regardless of the weather, having fun, meeting other like mided people and supporting the Legion while doing so. Our bikes, of which we have every possible make

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and engine size, are often adorned with large poppies and flags showing our support for the RBL and the Poppy Appeal. We are keen to attract motorcyclists and supporters of the Legion from across the globe and recruit wherever we are found. We already have Branch members from Cornwall to Scotland, mainland Europe and North America and Australasia. Our membership covers the entire armed forces spectrum both serving and retired as well as those who have not served, but wish to support the aims of the Royal British Legion through the Riders Branch. To date, The Royal British Legion Riders Branch have raised £832,550.23 for the Poppy Appeal and we look forward to topping the £1,000,000 mark soon. To raise this amount, as well as attending events organised by those who share our ideals and wish to support the RBL we organise our own rallies, rideouts and social functions.

We are a group who fully support the ideals of the RBL and do all we can to fundraise for the Poppy Appeal, and we insist on having fun while doing so. So if what you’ve read makes you think that we may be your kind of people, please go to our website where much more information about us and what we do.

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he Nursery at Boundary Oak School is housed in a secure and purposebuilt oak-framed building offering a homely feel with plenty of safe playing space, both inside and out. Set in 23 acres of beautiful Hampshire countryside, Boundary Oak School is a coeducational day and boarding school for pupils aged 2 – 13 years. Children here are treated as an individual within a family community. School life is a happy learning journey, which is achieved thanks to the friendly atmosphere and beautiful rural surroundings. To support their core curriculum learning, Boundary Oak Nursery near Fareham ensures that what the children learn indoors is enhanced and built upon outside. A short walk across to their own Woodland Classroom takes them on many adventures. It’s great for young explorers who love to recall what they have learnt while out and about, what they have found, and discuss what they have achieved. This outdoor learning environment is used throughout the week, come rain or shine. Forest Fridays are a big favourite among the children each week, where the children put on their wellies and head off to the woods for a variety of activities. Headmistress Mrs Kellett said: ‘Our extensive school grounds allow the children to be able to experience the great outdoors as part of their education and development. One of our aims is for each child to overcome whatever challenges they may face while helping them to grow to be happy, comfortable and confident individuals.’

‘Spending time in the great outdoors is also great for little ones communication skills. There are no predefined toys in the woods and so the children need to talk and explain to others about what they are doing or making. There are lots of budding magicians at Boundary Oak who love turning their sticks into wands!’ Outdoor Learning Days support all the areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage, or EYFS, not just physical development. Being 200 meters away from the main Nursery building, the school’s woodland area is close enough for children and staff to enjoy a short walk to, but far enough away for them to enjoy a quieter environment where they are able to listen out for sounds such as twigs snapping and the rustle of leaves. The children of Boundary Oak learn to interact with each other in a caring environment through play and learning based activities. Children from the Nursery and Reception Class follow the EYFS framework, which focuses on preparing each individual child for its future learning and successes. Recently launched, they now also relish in getting their hands dirty with their newly built outdoor mud kitchen. Research shows that playing in the mud can make you happier and our children are certainly proof of that! In addition to mud increasing the levels of serotonin in our brains it also allows young minds to create happy memories, connects one with nature as well as being beneficial to a child’s immune system. Back in the classroom, the Early Years staff at the Boundary Oak setting work together to provide a rich and stimulating learning environment. French and Sport are taught by specialist teachers and all of the Early Years children take part in sports day, school plays and sing-a-longs. The popular Nursery at Boundary Oak also benefits from an interactive white board as well as using the latest learning tools such

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as The Tapestry System. Learning Journals such as these, have grown in popularity over the years and offer early years settings a way of recording a child’s development, special moments and play with their friends. The staff here ensure each child is learning and developing at their own pace while following the child’s interests. Although structured learning plays a part in their day, the children dictate much of what goes on in the Nursery. Should your child wish to continue up the school, transition to the Reception class is smooth and non-stressful for each child. When the time comes they are happy, ready and excited to move up into ‘Big School’. PE and PSHE are taught together with the Reception class throughout the year with regular visits to the classroom as part of the summer term routine. Full-time children also enjoy a cooked lunch in the dining hall together with the rest of the school each day. As pupils grow through the school, they grow as people too. “We are proud of our academic record and the fantastic success that our pupil’s experience, but we are even prouder of the happy, confident and enthusiastic children who are the heartbeat of our school.” said Proprietor, Aaron Stewart.

Boundary Oak Nursery welcomes families to visit anytime to see the school in action or for a ‘Stay and Play’ taster session. For more information please contact Jo Ekin on 01329 280 955 or email Further information can also be found on their website


A forces-friendly state school 30 minutes from central London? Where do I apply? places, leading to a big price premium on properties in the area surrounding the school, boarding places are available and accessible for only around £10,000 a year. Parents pay only for board and lodging. Day school education is funded by the state.


t George’s School Harpenden, one of England’s most prestigious state schools, has a thriving state boarding house with capacity to take additional students both now and for September 2015 and 2016. St. George’s is a high intensity place. Ranked outstanding in every category by Ofsted in September 2014, the school as a whole sets the benchmark for quality in state education. For the last 5 years, St Georges has ranked in the Top Ten state comprehensive schools for students achieving 5A* to C Grades at GCSE. St Georges came top of the national league tables for expected progress in GCSE Maths in 2014. Our sixth form students consistently rank in the top 10% for A-Level average points scored compared with all schools and colleges in England. Yet while this offer is incredibly hard to access for day school

One problem we have at St George’s is that people even locally often confuse us with an independent school. In part this is because of the excellent academic outcomes – but also because of the public face of the school and its extra-curricular offer. Students play rugby to a very high level – George Ford and Owen Farrell both came here. Our girls play lacrosse to national standard, as one of only three state schools to do so. St George’s has its own closed ACF detachment, and very strong links with the military. For the last seven years, the school has taken part enthusiastically in the Soldiers’ Charity Big Curry Day and our own “Great Curry Run”. Visiting forces units over the past few years have included the Army Air Corps; Household Cavalry; Parachute Regiment; The Rifles; the Royal Anglian Regiment, and Royal Tank Regiment; and so on. With a historic ethos of Christian service dating back to 1907, the school has tapped into student enthusiasm and commitment to raise nearly £150,000 for the Soldiers’ Charity; and this has helped to establish a military minded ethos such

that significant numbers of ex-students now go on to serve, most recently in the Rifles and Royal Engineers. St. George’s Harpenden has quality written all over it. One of our Deputy Head’s summed up, “Eight years ago when my first daughter was applying to be a day student here, I got an ulcer worrying about whether

she would get in. I could not have coped with experiencing day to day the exceptional quality we offer our students if my daughter was elsewhere in a “normal” school. I would have had to leave, much as I love every bit of it.” Want to find out more? The school website is











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Insight into State Boarding at Steyning Grammar School


teyning Grammar School is the only State Boarding School in Sussex offering weekly or full time boarding accommodation for students from Years 9-13. Ofsted 2012 judged our quality of boarding provision to be Outstanding, reporting, “Boarders have their individual needs met in an excellent manner within a vibrant and culturally diverse environment. An ethos of mutual respect permeates the school environment and in particular is cemented in the fabric of everyday life within the boarding community.” A national survey in Autumn 2014, commissioned by the State Boarding School Association, found parents perceive the strengths of boarding to be: • An holistic focus on the child • Access to a wide range of activities • Access to social life, friendships and a community

Mr Nick Wergan, Headteacher at Steyning Grammar School, a successful and high achieving school supporting over 2000 students from 11-18 years is proud of the schools integrated boarding provision. He commented: “These results are an impressive vote of confidence in the quality of our outstanding boarding at Steyning Grammar School. Parents at Steyning Grammar recognise how happy and successful their children are as boarders, and the significantly positive impact this has on their academic and emotional learning. Boarders develop an enviable skill set of grit, resilience, curiosity and zest, giving them a significant advantage in the next steps of their lifelong learning journeys; this takes place in a family community of care, friendship and enrichment that enables students to really fulfil their potential.“ Mr Wergan explained the strong school ethos: “Steyning Grammar School is a unique,

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Year 9 & Year 12 places available Outstanding Boarding School Education Boarding fees per term: Full Boarding £3470 Weekly Boarding £2930

successful and dynamic learning community, built on traditions of excellence and highest expectations, combined with a commitment to innovation and new thinking, supporting students in being the best they can be, in preparation for their futures. The school has always had boarders, since its beginning in 1614, including students from military families or whose parents are based overseas.” A multimillion pound state of the art boarding facility opened in 2011 providing a dedicated Sixth Form house where students are accommodated in their own singlerooms, most with ensuite bathroom facilities, while lower year groups have large, spacious rooms which they may share with their friends. The boarding atmosphere is a happy, fun-filled one, and the friendships between the different ages, backgrounds, nationalities and genders are instantly noticeable, creating a real sense of community. Many parents and students choose boarding as an option because this offers an environment where students can excel. The national survey confirms that over 80% of parents choose State Boarding schools because of the high academic quality and the chance for their children to fulfil their potential. We offer all levels of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and a breadth of sporting, music, charity and community activities. Miss Danielle Cook, Director of Boarding confirmed that: “This is certainly true at Steyning Grammar School with boarding students achieving 100% pass rate at A Level, with 84% of the subjects taken by boarders at A Level achieving grades at A* - C. Steyning Grammar School provides students with a real ‘home-from-home’ experience. Students quickly develop independence; build friendships and networks which last a lifetime”. Steyning Grammar School is an ideal destination for parents who want all the advantages of a familiar UK day-school in a beautiful, safe location adjacent to the South Downs National Park, free from the distractions to learning of modern city life.

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s parents you will have to choose schools for your children, one of the most important decisions you will ever have to make. It will affect your children’s development, learning and attitudes, hopefully in a positive way. Here I offer some initial guidance based on my own experience as a parent and my years advising Army soldiers and officers as their local education officer. First, you need to consider what your own children are like! You will talk often of their strengths and interests, but do they have special needs of any sort, to bring them up to the capability of the majority or additional support to develop specific skills, for example music or art? Next, what types of school do you prefer, big or small, secular or faith schools, mixed or single sex (the latter will push you to the fee paying sector), location, extra mural activities offered, or boarding? How much are you prepared, or able, to pay either for basic fees or for extras, travel? Remember, there are nearly 40 state boarding schools, where you only have to pay for accommodation. Are you prepared to move, or influence where you are accommodated, to get into the catchment of a school or be near enough for easy access/transport? When you have some answers send, or search, for information on schools, prospectuses or brochures, and websites. Don’t forget to look at inspection reports, from OFSTED, or ISI for the feepaying sector. Certainly, talk to other parents but be careful not to be over influenced - all children and families are unique! Once you have a shortlist of schools arrange to visit them, and, if possible, take your children with you. Ask yourself on arrival, do you personally feel happy here? If you are uncomfortable, be on

your guard. I walked away from a few schools I was considering for my children, even after a polished “selling job” by the headteacher, because the school didn’t feel right. Don’t forget to see what your children think as well! Plan some questions to ask during your visit, but keep the list relatively short to what matters to you. Expect to be taken around the whole site, or are there things they don’t want you to see? When you’re walking round, get a feel for what’s going on. If there are children on the move, see what they’re doing. Are they on a sensible task, or are they fighting in the corridor? There is no better role model for your child than other children. Check all the facilities get plenty of use and aren’t left empty while the school concentrates just on classroom teaching. Headteachers should greet you as if you are a potential buyer for their house or car! S/he is the face of the school. Try to gauge teacher stress levels. An indicator of a healthy working relationship between school staff is one where everyone makes a point of just saying a friendly hello to one another. Do chat to the children, but don’t ask them if they enjoy school, because 99% will say “Yes!” Instead, ask them what their targets are or what homework they have. How do they react? This will tell you something about how effective the school’s teaching policy is, and how popular it is with those who matter most. It is worth jotting down some comments immediately after your visit so you can compare the results of all your visits, and hopefully be able to make the right and informed choice!

>> WRITTEN BY: Colonel R A FieldSmith MBE MA Chairman, Royal School Hampstead Trust

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All-through boarding - a real comfort


n all-through education that caters for pupils at every stage of their school lives can be hugely comforting for Service families, particularly if children are boarders. Being educated away from home can be emotionally testing for both parents and children, but if the boarding provision has a real family feel as well as continuity of ethos and support, the experience will be much less daunting for everyone. A key advantage of Clayesmore’s all-through boarding provision, from 8-18 years, is that siblings can go to school together – a real comfort for Service families. It also means a smooth move from Prep to Senior that helps build confidence and minimises insecurity. For the youngest boarders, stability and round the clock pastoral care are vital, as is a happy family atmosphere. They need to feel nurtured and Clayesmore’s staff are committed to ensuring that pupils grow into confident and content young people, helped along the way by effective communication so children can discuss concerns or share successes just as they would with their parents at home.

Clayesmore has a long tradition of welcoming children from Service families and has developed an intrinsic understanding of the Forces lifestyle and its associated pressures. For example the school adopts a flexible approach, knowing that Service parents may have to alter their plans suddenly. They also understand the importance of maintaining regular contact between parents and children with visits or comforting chats via webcam. It is also heartening to know that the stability and continuity that boarding offers can be beneficial to children of all ages, from the youngest boarders right through to strapping Sixth Formers. A major benefit is that the boarding environment is fully focused on bringing out the best in growing youngsters – it is specifically designed to let children be children. Clayesmore, with its stunning 62 acre grounds, provides plenty of space to grow and explore. It is also bursting with opportunities and activities that just wouldn’t be available outside the boarding community. Experienced and qualified staff give extra-curricular tuition and with extended school hours there are more opportunities to try out something new. In fact parents are often surprised and delighted by the positive effect boarding has on their children as a Service parent at Clayesmore expressed: “The children seem to have melted into the fabric of the place and are very comfortable. They have grown in confidence and achieved academic success. A lot of this is because they feel that they are at Clayesmore for the

long haul and enjoy all that is invested in them. Before they joined they were looking forward to having friends that they could keep.” As children grow up, boarding involves less cossetting and more preparing for the eventual leap into the post-school world, particularly in the Sixth Form, where enthusiastic staff offer guidance but pupils take on more responsibility and have the freedom to make their own choices. Clayesmore’s Sixth Form, just like the rest of the school, buzzes with opportunities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Young Enterprise, Model United Nations and Combined Cadet Force, and if pupils get stuck into all that the school has to offer it can give that vital extra edge during the university application process. Clayesmore offers a diverse mix of excitement, fun and opportunity in a supportive environment - for fledgling boarders right through to savvy Sixth Formers. It not only realises the potential of pupils of all ages but also builds the essential confidence to face an ever changing world. William Dunlop is the son of a Royal Marine and boarded from the age of eight. He served nine years in the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment before moving into teaching. He became Head of Clayesmore Preparatory School in September 2014. He married Celia, a teacher, while still in the Army, and they have two children at Clayesmore. He has particular interests in dyslexia and outdoor education.

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Clayesmore for your child The perfect blend of Prep and Senior for families in the forces Boarding facilities with a real family feel Idyllic Dorset setting Generous bursaries Just call to arrange a visit at any time!

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Farlington educates for confidence; our girls are happy, successful individuals. We are an outstanding independent girls’ day and boarding school located on the West Sussex/Surrey border, just outside Horsham. Farlington provides an excellent all-round education for up to 400 girls aged 3-18 with a co-educational Nursery. If you would like to attend an open morning or arrange a personal tour of the school to meet the Headmistress, please contact our Registrar, Mrs Jo Coveney, on 01403 282 573 or visit our website:

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Enhancing the academic achievement, attitude and aspirations through sport


ith 23 acres of beautiful grounds Boundary Oak School, located near Fareham, is home to the ideal place for pupils to gain sporting success. Inter school Cross Country events, Rugby tournaments, Swimming Galas and soon to be triathlons are just some of the sporting activities that take place here. The Hampshire based prep school offers day and boarding for boys and girls up to 13 years. Boarding facilities are top class with their boarding house currently being renovated to provides a high standard of accommodation for our resident pupils. Work will be completed over the Easter holidays 2015. Last years cross country event proved to be a huge success for the independent prep school. Proprietor of the school, Aaron Stewart, was delighted with the turn out. “There were wonderful scenes at Boundary Oak as we welcomed 150 pupils from local schools to our Cross Country event. Many thanks to all the schools and pupils that participated and to the parents and grandparents that came to support.” The independent prep school ensure that takes children from age 2 to 13, have at least 8 hours of physical education and sport within their curriculum timetable each week. Organised events held throughout the year help to keep the children motivated and enthused. The school also has many visits from professional athletics who come and spend time working with the children to help them to work towards and achieve their goals. Not just in sport, but in life. Olympic medalists

Dan Robinson and Peter Waterfield are just some of the popular visitors that Boundary Oak has welcomed recently. Sport programmes’ play a major role in pupils academic performance, attitude and relationships. Head of Sport Joe Davis commented; “Sport enhances the academic achievement, attitude and aspirations of children, which is vital to their development and something we see in our pupils. By reaching outside the traditional educational roles we’re able to keep them engaged and enthused, thus aiding them in the classroom.” Elizabeth Thomas, 9 who ran in the Year 5 cross country race spoke fondly about the event: “We raced against 7 different schools, with three different races. There was a lot of shouting and cheering from all the children. “We had to run 2 laps, then through the woods, down the side and under the arch before running up the drive and doing another lap around the field. I’m really pleased I did it and made it to the end.” The Cross Country event, was been set up by Boundary Oak School to give children a chance to compete and have fun whilst getting fit. In doing so, it also enables schools to engage within the local community. Hazel Kellett, Headmistress said “With 23 acres of fields and woodland, our location is ideal for hosting such an event and we were keen to get other schools involved so that they can experience it too. The feedback has been fantastic and we will definitely be making this an annual addition to the sporting calendar. “It was great to have such a fantastic turn out to this as we do with our other events. The

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pupils did extremely well as the courses were tough, but they were all determined to get to the end and everyone did. The headmistress and mathematician talked about what makes hosting these events so important. “All of the children, teachers and supporters, no matter what school they came from, got together and cheered on those children for whom sport is not something that they excel at. For every child crossing the finish line or getting to the end was a special moment. Their sense of achievement was palpable” she added.

The school welcome you to visit them any time where you can enjoy a tour of the school, including the boarding house, while finding out what else makes this school such a great place for children to live, learn and grow. For more information or if you have any questions please contact the school on 01329 280955 or email registrar@ Boundary Oak School, off Wickham Road, Fareham, caters for girls and boys between 2 - 13 years old. It is set within 23 acres of rural countryside and includes a grade II listed building. Facilities include a swimming pool, football and rugby pitches, athletics track, a theatre and floodlit astro surface.

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Dauntsey’s Please come & visit us Open mornings & visits Please book online Boarding & day school Co-educational 11-18 West Lavington, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 4HE 01380 814500

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S. Anselm’s Preparatory School in Bakewell is a happy and thriving independent day and boarding school, giving boys and girls from 3 to 13 the very best start in life. With experience of Forces children we seek to support them and their families as much as possible. • Full weekend and evening activity programme. • Small class sizes with committed and caring teaching staff. • Dedicated buses from Sheffield, Ashbourne and Matlock. • Superlative sporting, drama, art and music facilities. • Scholarships and awards to major senior schools including Repton, Oundle and Shrewsbury. • Sport, Art, Music and Drama scholarships available at 9+ and 11+. • HM Forces bursaries. • Escorted travel to and from railway stations or airports.

You are welcome to come and visit any time, call 01629 812734 or email to register for our open days. Stanedge Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1DP

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Combined Cadet Force at Lancaster Royal Grammar School


‘I would highly recommend the CCF because it gives you a taste of army life and above all else it is fun!’ Lancaster Royal Grammar School State day and boarding school for boys 11-18

ancaster Royal Grammar School has a flourishing Combined Cadet Force: Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, all dedicated to the development of young people in terms of self-discipline, self-reliance, teamwork and the taking of responsibility. Based on a military framework and supported by the Ministry of Defence, its activities extend well beyond the traditional narrow view of drill, drill and more drill! Patrick who is in the Army section says ‘the tremendous range of activities available from field exercises to leadership training was far beyond the ‘boys with guns’ image that I’d had of the CCF’. Christian joined the CCF because he says ‘it looked exhilarating’. Christian wanted to see what being a cadet was like and he says ‘I would highly recommend the CCF because it gives you a taste of army life and above all else it is fun!’ Tom who is studying for ‘A’ levels says ’I was convinced by my friends in the CCF that it was good fun and a way to meet new people’. With Field Days, a week long annual camp, adventure training camps at Easter and a wide range of courses throughout the year, plus the option to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh Award, the CCF grants a huge amount

• Academic excellence • Emphasis on all round development • An outstanding alternative to the independent sector

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of opportunities to learn new things. Without exception the CCF members cite teamwork as a key strength. Thomas says ‘Being able to lead a team did not come easy for me as a naturally shy person, but one of the best things about CCF is that it brought me out of my shell and gave me a huge boost of confidence’. Patrick, now in the 6th Form, joined the CCF in Year 9 and he comments ‘The main focus of the CCF is developing you as an individual, capable of managing yourself and others in a highly stressful situation’. Tom adds ‘I have learned how to manage and be part of an effective team and how to teach and support others. It is great for those who like outdoor activities and enjoy a chance to get out there and do something different’. Above all though, the one thing that unifies the experiences of all CCF Cadets is the fun to be had doing them. To summarise Patrick says: ‘The CCF is the only institution in the school where boys from such a large range of ages are united in a shared endeavour and regardless of how wet, muddy and cold you get out in the field, CCF exercises will always be something you can look back on with pride and think “I’m glad I did that”.’


Combined Cadet Force


n important aspect of a St Edmund’s education is its extracurricular life. A huge range of exciting, adventurous and inspiring options are on offer to all pupils, providing opportunities to take up new challenges and explore interests and skills. The Combine Cadet Force (CCF) at St Edmund’s is part of the “Service and Skills” programme that operates every Friday afternoon in the Senior School. It allows pupils to develop self-discipline, responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance, perseverance, a sense of service to the community and leadership within a

military themed training environment. The training on Friday afternoons is based in the school as cadets learn new skills e.g. basic fieldcraft, weapon handling, personal navigation and basic expedition skills. They also take part in initiative tasks as a team. Every term there is a Field Day on a local Army training area where all the cadets can practise their skills or enjoy new experiences such as completing an Army obstacle course or firing a cadet rifle if they have passed their weapon-handling test. Those who want to make the most of their time with the CCF are encouraged to try the overnight exercises which are held

after the Field Days, and Summer Camp where they spend a week on an Army base with a wide range of activities on offer. At Longmoor Camp in 2014 St Edmunds CCF beat 14 other schools to win the March and Shoot competition with a young team of very good shots including four Year 10s. At Easter, the CCF runs the popular Adventure Training weeks in the Lake District, Snowdonia or Dartmoor for cadets who enjoy mountain walking, kayaking, rock climbing and camping out. Good cadets who wish to stay on in the CCF in Year 11 take an NCO cadre run by Regular Army and school staff. Those who pass become NCOs and take an active part in teaching the younger cadets under the supervision of school staff. As they move into the Sixth form they take on more responsibility for training and taking charge of the sections and platoon on exercise. CSM George Bone-Knell (Upper Sixth) said “The CCF is a great part of school life at St Edmund’s and I am appreciative of all that I have learnt in particular leadership, team work and communication skills.” St Edmund’s School CCF is a single service (Army) CCF affiliated to the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment who provide Regular and Reserve Army help on Field days, Summer Camps and in school.

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Faith and boarding

W >> WRITTEN BY: Giles Watson, Housemaster at Worth School and former Army Officer

hen General Sir Michael Walker was CGS he used the sound bite “the Army does not have a right to be different, but it does have a need to be different”. This applies across the Armed Forces and across the whole spectrum of military life, including families. Having served as an Infantry officer for 16 years before leaving the Army and retraining as a history teacher, I remember well the uncertainty that accompanies Service family life, the emotions that were very much a part of the posting ritual – especially when being posted abroad – and the fear that accompanied departure on an operational tour. My eldest child was very young when I went to Iraq in 2003/4, but I still remember the emotions that I felt and I know I was not alone in those feelings. Regardless of all those aspects of life which sets the Forces apart, the one enduring characteristic is the desire of all parents to do the very best they can for their children. A boarding school environment offers greater stability; enduring friendships can be formed over many years – far longer than the average posting, education is not disrupted and, for the most part, the staff remain the same. While faith-based schools offer this, just as other boarding schools do, I would argue that there is an additional and very significant aspect. “Greater love hath no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends” is a favourite text for Service chaplains and is used to help provide a point of reference as individuals prepare for operations. In much the same way Christ’s commandment to his disciples to “love one another as I have loved you” provides a foundation for faithbased schools on which to build their care. Having completed my teacher training and ‘cut my teeth’ in the classroom I am now in my fourth year at Worth as a housemaster. The School was

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founded by the monastic community of Worth Abbey and is built on a Catholic Benedictine tradition. The ethos of the School is rooted in the Rule of St Benedict, which reads much like a military leadership publication (although the language is a little less clipped!). We are governed by the same regulatory standards as other schools but, just as the Armed Forces create teams bound by a very special bond which few outside can understand, I believe that the care schools such as Worth are able to provide, based on Christ’s commandment, goes far beyond those standards. The values that are accepted as making Service life different are very much apparent in schools like Worth. Values such as ‘Community’, ‘Service’ and ‘Humility’ are at the forefront and generate an atmosphere in which the needs of the individual are understood in a deeper and more personal way. Many of the boys and girls who board at Worth live overseas and while we, as housemasters and housemistresses, seek to get to know those in our care we also strive to create a home from home in which each individual feels valued for who they are and what they are able to contribute. While the boarding house can never replace the family, it can be a worthy substitute during term time which provides the stability, comfort and reassurance needed to allow boys and girls to grow into young men and women. The Services are successful because they are different. In the same way faith-based schools, such as Worth, are different because they have a strand of selflessness and love for others running through them that is difficult to truly build in any other context.






Dukies build special memories


s a unique and iconic place to study for GCSEs and A Levels, our School regularly builds special memories for our students – whether they are appearing on stage in our hugely successful West Side Story production, representing the School at the various and extremely poignant 100th anniversary events of World War I, receiving their beret and cap badge for the very first time as new Year 7’s out on Parade – or getting the chance to meet such diverse figures as the Prime Minister, Bill Beaumont, Damian Lewis, David Beckham and Katherine Jenkins…!

Proud to support The Sun Military Awards …DOYRMS students were very proud to perform after The Sun Military Awards at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich in December 2014. Along with the on-stage performance, the School’s Corps of Drums provided a Guard of Honour on the red carpet for many military heroes, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prime Minister and a number of celebrities. This is the second time in three years that Dukies have been invited to support the event which celebrates the achievements of soldiers, veterans and their families.

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Honouring our past students Rugby legend Bill Beaumont officially opened the School’s new Sports Centre recently. It has been named after former England rugby international, Maurice Colclough, who was a student of the school from 1965 until 1972 and captained its 1st team. Sadly, Maurice died from a brain tumour in 2006. Bill played with Maurice for both England and the British Lions during the 1980s, and was honoured to perform the opening by unveiling a plaque. Also present were Maurice’s wife Annie and their four daughters, along with the School’s current rugby and hockey 1st team members.

Welcoming new students

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School takes applications from any student aged 11 to 18 wishing to board with us as they study for their GCSE’s and A Levels. From September 2015, we are pleased to offer the increased flexibility of weekly boarding as well as full boarding. This means that with parental permission, students can opt to go home most weekends after Saturday morning lessons and commitments. If they choose to stay at School, weekends will continue to be active of course.



We now offer full and weekly boarding The Duke of York’s Royal Military School is a state boarding school for students aged 11 to 18. Historically established for military families, we also welcome applications from any student who wants to study GCSEs and A Levels at our unique school with its strong military ethos and traditions.

Why choose us?

• Graded Good in all areas by Ofsted. 100 non-selective state schools for GCSE results • In(DfEtop13/14). student is encouraged to achieve their potential in a • Every supportive community. • Military ethos helps develop character and life skills. • Active lifestyle including sport, music, drama and activities. million refurbishment has delivered a new sports • £24.9 centre, high-quality accommodation and a drama studio. • Parents have the flexibility of full and weekly boarding. 2014/15 fees are just £3,665 per term.

Graded good in all categories by Ofsted

Graded Good in all categories by Ofsted, our students performed exceptionally well in their GCSE exams last year, performing significantly above the national average.

Quality education at a good price

As a state boarding School, your child’s education is paid for by the state. You will only pay £3,665 per term (£10,995 per year) to cover the boarding costs. If you qualify for CEA, you will pay just £366.50 per term.

Quick links to London and Europe

We are extremely proud of our military ethos and traditions, and students enjoy ceremonial parades, Combined Cadet Force and a variety of sports and activities. Set in 150 acres of Kentish countryside, the School is ideally located for quick links to London and Europe. The School’s £24.9 million building programme is now complete with a brand new Sports Hall and Drama Studio, Teaching Blocks and Sixth Form Boarding now available.

Come to our Open Day

Next Open Day: Saturday 14 March 2015 Enquiries: 01304 245073

Our next Open Day is on Saturday 14 March 2015. To book your place or for a personal tour of the school, please call our Registrar on 01304 245073.

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yslexia Assist, founded by a group of parents and children who have struggled through the education system, went live in June 2014. “There are plenty of websites which detail how to ‘treat’ or ‘cure’ dyslexia, but none which give really practical help , saying ‘we tried this and it worked well’ or ‘we tried this, it worked with one of our children, but not the other’ A key feature of the Dyslexia Assist website is its interactivity. It is written in dyslexic font and has speech-to-text software for use whenever it is needed, there are lots of visual and audio aids to help on the website. For instance, to remember the months of the year, there is an article on how you can use your hands and knuckles to prompt memory as well as using familiar tunes and word association as an aid. Also, the website deals with frequently asked questions like: How do I get my child assessed? What will happen in my assessment? How do I cope with tricky words? What should I expect from an assessment? Founders Lisa and Val discovered that even though their children had been schooled differently, one in the private and one in the public sector, they had both battled with

the labels such as ‘lazy’ and ‘ill-disciplined,’ attributed by staff who didn’t understand the nature of dyslexia in their children. Val’s son Tim described how he found his dyslexia challenging. He says he would sit down to write, look at a blank page, become upset, cry and walk out of the room with frustration. He would ask his teacher additional questions and ask to move to the front of the class which led to people to think he had a hearing problem and might even need glasses. When glasses were prescribed to try and help Tim he became upset on finding that they were not the magic wand that would enable him to read. However, since being diagnosed after an assessment, he now gets the additional support he needs and is beginning to develop skills to cope with his difficulties. He has even moved up to higher sets in science Maths and English which he is, quite rightly, chuffed about. A further key aim of the charity it to help parents to find a local suitable tutor. The website lists tutors in geographical areas and listing is done via a tutor satisfaction survey questionnaire which children complete based on smiley faces. Once 3 or more completed questionnaires are received indicating that the parent and

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learner feel the tutor to be dyslexia friendly, the tutor is listed on the website with a smiley face. Dyslexia Assist is a no shop, no donation, no affiliation registered charity. “Our idea is to share as much information as we can in one central hub so that both parents and children have somewhere to go.” We have just added to our news page few Christmas tips for children who struggle with reading, please take a look. Dyslexia Assist needs your help to raise awareness, please down load our poster from the website to display, perhaps upload some photos or a blog to the website so children can see their ideas and experiences on line which will in turn help other students. With your help Dyslexia Assist will grow and help more people.

If you want more information, would like to add content to the website or have any suggestions please contact us. You can visit our website:, or you can follow Dyslexia Assist on Facebook and on Twitter @DyslexiaAssist.

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Study Environmental Health or Health and Safety at Leeds Beckett University


e offer professionallyaccredited courses in Environmental Health and Health and Safety that are becoming increasingly popular with serving and former Service Personnel. At present we have five serving or former Service Personnel on our Health and Safety courses, and have recently been successful in obtaining a major contract with the Ministry of Defence to approve and co-deliver an Environmental Health course with the Defence College of Healthcare Education and Training. Studying Environmental Health or Health and Safety will enable you to develop a career in a range of settings including local authorities, the manufacturing industry, the construction industry, supermarket chains, hotels, self-employed consultancy and even Premier League Football Clubs. As a Registered Environmental Health

Practitioner you could make a real difference by educating, encouraging and potentially taking enforcement action against individuals, landlords and employers to ensure people have a safe and suitable place to live and work. You could work with food business operators to ensure hygiene standards are maintained and the kitchens of hotels and restaurants are clean and safe, and with businesses and the community to ensure people live in a healthy environment. As a Health and Safety Practitioner you would be responsible for ensuring that your employer has policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety of employees, clients and the general public, and that all employees are compliant with those requirements. We offer both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Environmental Health and Health and Safety which are

accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) respectively as meeting the requirements for Graduate Membership. This is the first stage towards becoming a Registered Environmental Health Practitioner or a Chartered Safety Practitioner. There are not many places where you can study these courses, and you will be taught almost entirely by current or former practitioners with first-hand knowledge and experience. We place a strong emphasis on preparing our students to work in their chosen profession, and they continue to be very successful in obtaining relevant employment after graduation. For more information about studying Environmental Health or Health and Safety at Leeds Beckett University please visit

Advance your career in Environmental Health or Health & Safety Leeds Beckett University offers a variety of study options for those interested in developing a career in Environmental Health or Health and Safety. Our courses will suit all levels of ability and are flexible, with both part-time and full-time study options available. BSc (Hons) Environmental Health - accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, examine complex environmental health problems and understand how to formulate effective solutions.

MSc Environmental Health - accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, this course can provide a direct route into the profession for those who already hold an honours degree.

BSc (Hons) Safety, Health & Environmental Management - accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), and taught by leading experts in the industry, expand your knowledge of safety, health and environmental management and control.

Postgraduate Diploma/MSc Health & Safety – accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as meeting the requirements for Graduate Membership, these courses provide the opportunity to learn from prominent Health and Safety experts about current health and safety issues, practice and research.

To find out more please visit

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People who leave the military leave with a wealth of skills and experiences that equip them well for civilian life


ut often, employers can’t always see the benefit of those skills. Sometimes, all it takes is a qualification to unlock doors into other exciting careers.

Over the last 10 years, Bishop Burton College has worked in partnership with many of the uniformed services to provide realistic hands-on experience for students as part of its public services offering.

Bishop Burton College, based in East Yorkshire, offers a range of courses for those looking to get into public services. Offering everything from policing and criminology to uniformed public services and forensics, the College offers courses at both further education and degree level, so there’s a whole host of options available based on previous experience. Come and join us so you can:

Equipping them for the pressured work environment of public services, students get firsthand experience of real-life scenarios, including working alongside Humberside Fire and Rescue at simulated crash scenes and learning how to work with dogs, as part of dog-handling master classes with the Police.

• Be an important part of a team • Get real job satisfaction • Serve the community • Develop observational skills • Take initiative • Remain calm in sometimes life threatening situations • Enjoy a huge variety of jobs • Accept discipline, give and receive orders • Work towards a range of respected professional qualifications • Use your creative problem solving skills to the full.

Students who have studied public services at the College have gone on to work in a variety of different specialisms including traffic, the river police, mounted police, criminal investigation department, dog handling, underwater search units and firearm units – and that’s just within the Police! Build on your experiences with a course at Bishop Burton College. For more information on the subjects offered, visit Make 2015 your year with Bishop Burton College

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Policing & Forensic * FdSc Investigation Policing & Criminology * FdA BA (Hons) Policing & * Criminology (Final year)

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Determined to enhance his career prospects by studying for a degree, Lawrence Gikubu has found that support is the key to blending active service with study.

that I manage to achieve all I have needed to do. This has included being afforded time off from my course to attend a training exercise in Norway. The course is very exciting and engaging with loads of field trips to various live and completed projects. The field trips are immense as one gains a very good image of how things are done in industry. I have even been to the Netherlands to experience different construction techniques and processes! So when anyone asks me ‘How do I do it?’ I always answer with a smile: ‘because I have awesome support at Oxford Brookes University’. I invite you to try it for yourself. You will never regret it!”

About us

The Department of Real Estate and Construction at Oxford Brookes University has offered highly innovative programmes of study for well over four decades. We offer undergraduate degrees in Construction Project Management, Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management, and Real Estate Management. At postgraduate level we have courses in Real Estate, Project Management in the Built Environment and Construction Project Management.

Our teaching

Our highly innovative courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels have been developed in collaboration with industry to meet current and future professional, industry, and societal needs. The teaching of sustainability and environmental issues, modern methods of construction and digital literacy are embedded in all our courses.

>> Lawrence Gikubu (left) in the lab

Our links to practice “‘How do you do it?’ is a question I am regularly asked by people from different walks of life. Many do not seem able to understand that I can be a university student while being a serving RAF reservist.


efore joining the Brookes BSc degree programme in Construction Project Management, Lawrence completed a foundation degree at Coventry University. He was aware of Brookes’ high reputation within the construction industry and says: “I am very impressed by the course as it is very diverse and up to date with industry standards. The teaching staff are all industry experts who have a very good understanding of the construction atmosphere.” This is what Lawrence says about studying at university while serving as an RAF reservist.

Although the two aspects of life seem to be contradictory to each other in terms of commitments, I manage to balance the two through the support I get from various people and officials. My regiment training wasn’t of much use practically outside of the military and I felt I needed to enhance myself by going to university to study. I have always been interested in the construction industry. The University accepted me for my course immediately on application. As a serving reservist, I did initially have doubts on if I could balance my active service and studies. Right from the word go, I have received all kinds of support in the university to ensure

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We have strong and extensive links with the property and construction industry sectors and our industry advisory boards comprise senior staff from the leading property and construction firms. Our BSc courses in Construction Project Management and Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management both include a compulsory industrial placement year as part of the course. Our courses are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Your employability

Many of our students are sponsored by the major property and construction companies. Our graduates are highly sought after by employers and many hold senior management positions in the leading property and construction firms. According to the latest statistics from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, 100% of Brookes

[ UNIVERSITIES ] >> Students enjoy a field trip

>> Students gain practical experience in surveying Construction Project Management graduates are either in employment or have gone on to study at Master’s level. Real estate company Jones Lang LaSalle tell us: “JLL has been recruiting undergraduates from Oxford Brookes University for many years and will continue to do so. We are always very impressed with the high standard of teaching at Brookes and with the camaraderie that all the students seem to have with each other.”

Our international perspective

We prepare our graduates for careers in multinational firms, and a good mix of nationalities within our student population enriches the international learning experience and encourages understanding of the differences

between national real estate and construction markets. We have developed many international links in Europe, North and South America, Russia, Africa, China, and the South East Asia region which involve student and staff academic exchanges and visits.

Come and join us We aim to give students a firm foundation and prepare them for long-lasting and rewarding careers in the property, construction and related industries. Why not see how we do that?

A great place to study

Oxford is an excellent place to study Real Estate and Construction. The mix of historic and modern buildings presents a varied and rich environment for learning through site visits to construction projects involving both new build and challenging retrofitting work. The close proximity to London allows us to take advantage of its world-class commercial property market.

Visit our Virtual Open Day at virtualopenday/ See what’s on our web site:

REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION A firm foundation for a long-lasting and rewarding career The Department of Real Estate and Construction at Oxford Brookes University is one of the largest of its kind in the UK and has offered programmes in real estate and construction for more than four decades. The department’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are consistently ranked as excellent in both student surveys and independent quality assessments. The aim is to prepare students for rewarding careers through strong links with industry and staff whose teaching is underpinned by professional/consultancy work. Graduates are highly sought after both nationally and internationally.

Construction Project Management BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management BSc (Hons)

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Bournemouth University: Sun, sand, sea and study


hy study Engineering?

Engineering UK’s 2014 report tells us that engineering now accounts for 24.5% of the turnover of all enterprises in the UK. The report also tells us that to reduce the current gap between the supply of engineering skills and the demands of industry & manufacturing the UK will need around 87,000 graduate level engineers per year over the next ten years. And if you need more convincing, there’s the Sunday Times report (May 2012) which ranks BU engineering graduates as the second highest earners in the UK six months after graduation, with an average salary of £38,095!

Why study with us?

Bournemouth University is based on the south coast and is recognised as one of the most innovative universities in the UK; bringing together professional practice and academic excellence. To help meet the demand for skilled engineers, BU has developed a course leading to the award of Masters in Engineering in conjunction with the Engineering Council. This coveted MEng award also carries accreditation by the Engineering Council and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED), and fully meets the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. As you would expect from the university that has more students on a work placement than any other university in

England, our full-time course has excellent industry links, and an optional one year placement. If you have already have studied to Foundation Degree level in an Engineering discipline and/or are working full time in an engineering job then you can complete your studies to either the BEng or MEng levels on an online distance learning basis. Our final year exhibition, the Festival of Design & Innovation (, is recognised by industry as a showcase for the skills and talents of our graduates. Many students are offered positions as a direct result of exhibiting at the show. Find out more about our courses online:

>> CASE STUDY: DAVID MAW Background:

I have completed successful operational tours in an infantry role, where it was necessary to inspire and lead teams of soldiers in stressed, demanding, and hazardous conditions. I have always been keen to develop my potential as an engineer, and have taken every opportunity to gain knowledge and experience.

The course:

I have broadened my engineering knowledge in areas that include engineering design, materials, manufacturing processes, production methods, and project management. My projects whilst on the course have included wind turbine blade design, tidal energy generation and composite vehicles.


These included winning a Dyson design competition for innovation in 2010 and reaching the finals of the Undergraduate of the Year award in 2013.

Placement experience:

My placement involved work as a commercial structural engineer using Autodesk and Solidworks Finite Element Analysis software to model, analyse and optimise structures.

The future:

Studying at BU has been a very exciting and stimulating experience, and I am looking forward to applying the knowledge in new and challenging environments.

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Take a practical approach to your future with an accredited Engineering degree from BU Our modern technical workshops have industry standard equipment and state-of-the-art rapid prototyping and manufacturing facilities Industrial work placements are a feature of most courses Relevant courses are accredited by the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED) and the Engineering Council

Courses at all levels starting every September: Foundation degrees FdEng Engineering (Manufacturing Management) FdEng Engineering (Mechanical Design) FdEng Engineering (Electronic Design) Undergraduate degrees MEng / BEng Engineering (full-time, part-time/ distance learning) BSc (Hons) Design Engineering BSc (Hons) Software Engineering Master’s degrees MSc Mechanical Engineering Design MSc Engineering Project Management

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How would you cope, having a loved one away serving their country?

“A Father’s Promise” is the upcoming film about the effects on the family when a loved one serves their country at war. Adapted from the 5* stage production “ A Family Beyond The Army” from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The film follows the family of a serving soldier and highlights the feelings and fears experienced by his 10 year old girl daughter, who quite simply misses her daddy, his girlfriend who has to keep everything together whilst he is at war, and worries constantly about the love of her life, parents who want the best for their daughter, and the soldier who, fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what he has left behind. The stage production of “A Family Beyond The Army” raised £361 each for Erskine, Scotty’s Little Soldiers and Help for Heroes from the performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, it received so many positive comments from Military Family’s especially wives and parents who thanked James for “Telling their Story”, that the decision was made to create the film and continue to “Tell Their Story” to a wider audience. The film has gained support from serving personnel, ex personnel and military linked organisations , and it is pleased to have gained partners from Huggable Heroes, along

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with Double Paralympic medalist Jon-Allan Butterworth, who recently appeared on Channel 4’s The Jump, and who was injured in Afghanistan. This film is not being made by Finger Click Productions to make money; this film is being made because it is a story that has gone untold for too long. James is working hard to secure the £40,000 needed and is gaining support from many “big named” individuals. The vision for this film is to roll out in the UK, encouraging communities to watch together, helping younger people to understand the commitment needed, from not only the soldiers but their families. There has also been a lot of interest from across the pond, from the Canadian military.

James Douglas Lindsay invites anyone out there who would like to read the story, script or support the film, to contact him via email: or mobile 07875565078. You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter A Family Beyond The Army or Visit:


Armed forces families are being urged to help inform their children’s education, following the launch of a new survey by the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA).

>> PROVIDED BY: Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA)

Have your say - all Wales survey launched for armed forces families


aunched as an online questionnaire for armed forces parents with children who go to school in Wales, the survey is part of a new project designed to raise awareness of the educational needs of children of armed forces personnel. Aimed at gaining a better understanding of the potential needs of service children, the survey offers parents an important opportunity to comment on their experiences, and to provide feedback on the issues that are important to them regarding their children’s education. The survey will be followed in the spring with events for schools, service families, local councils, Welsh Government and other organisations to discuss the main issues that may affect Service children and children of Veterans during their education, based on the survey findings. The project will use the information collected to promote awareness of the potential and specific challenges faced by children from armed forces backgrounds, and to make sure that education providers are well equipped to offer the best support possible.

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Commenting on the launch of the survey, Cllr Brendan Toomey (Merthyr), WLGA Spokesperson for Armed Forces said: “If you are from an armed forces background and your child is educated in Wales, then you have a vitally important role to play by helping to shape the educational support your child receives by completing the survey and sharing your experiences. The survey is completely anonymous and secure, and the information will be used to ensure that our schools and education practitioners are well equipped to support armed forces children, and to deal with any specific issues they may face during their education in Wales.”

To find out more and to complete the survey, visit or contact us by email: or give us a call: 02920 468616 Keep up to date with the project by following us on twitter @sscesymru

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Outstanding pastoral care in a warm and friendly community that understands the needs of Forces families. School transport along the M4 Corridor at half-terms and exeat weekends. A ‘Buddy’ scheme run by current Forces families at the school for advice and support. Offers an all-round education with excellent academic results.

For more information: visit or contact the Admissions Registrar, on 01874 615440 or email

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Outstanding Research and Teaching


n a joint REF 2014 submission with Cardiff Metropolitan University, the School of Sport, Health and Exercise was recognised as being in the top 7 within its sector in the UK for research quality and research power (which takes account the volume as well as the quality of research). (Times Higher Education, 2014).

At Bangor, students study at one of the best researchled Sport Science Schools in the UK: • 1st in Wales / 4th in the UK for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2014); • 1st in Wales / 7th in the UK for Research in the REF (Research Excellence Framework) 2014 • 9th in the UK for Overall Quality (out of 76 Schools; Times Good University Guide 2015).

As well as securing an excellent national ranking, 100% of the School’s research material was rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent. Research areas covered a broad range of areas including Enhanced Coaching and Training practices in sport, health, and military practices worldwide, and research into public policy on sport and physical activity. Head of School Professor Tim Woodman expressed his delight at the news: “I’m not at all surprised to see Sport, Heath and Exercise Science continue our upward trajectory within the UK sector. Our research here is indeed world class and, as our current students will testify, that research is used to inform our teaching. The high Impact score for our research is particularly pleasing, because in this School we really pride ourselves on doing research that makes a difference. On the back of our recent very strong NSS results (4th in the UK), we see the 2014 REF results as confirmation of our position as a School and University that offers the best combination of a world-leading academic school along with an exceptional student experience” This research excellence reflects our academic staff’s ongoing links in the highest echelons of sport and performance both in the UK and worldwide (eg UK Sport, English Institute of Sport, Sport Wales, Ministry of Defence, England Rugby, England and Wales Cricket Board) and health, working with medical experts within the NHS and MENCAP. Examples include:

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• Members of the Extremes Research group are leading the research expedition to the Himalayas to investigate human reactions and adaptations in extreme environments. • The Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance has been leading research within the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) Talent Identification programme. Most recently, they have secured four years of funding for a fourth PhD research programme to both continue this research and investigate what psychological, physiological and skill acquisition factors determine super elite (from elite) cricketers. What does this mean for students studying here? All of these research activities and professional links lead to new, revised and state-of-the-art content being included in all our teaching, contributing to the development of one of the UK’s best degree programmes. Many students choosing to study Sports Science at Bangor will have the opportunity to be directly involved with these exciting and world-leading research processes. All students have the opportunity to carry out their own research on a one-to-one supervision basis with one of the School’s internationally recognised researchers. The resulting projects are highly praised by our External Examiners and sports associations such as the British Association for Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES). This research experience, combined with an opportunity to develop additional skills, gives our students exceptional transferable skills. This means that they graduate with a highly respected degree (69% of students gained a 2:1 or 1st in 2014) and the CV that is necessary to excel in a competitive job market.

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For Foundation degrees to Masters programmes:

Visit our course information pages for a full list of available courses.

• Foundation and Top-up degrees in Sport Science (Outdoor Recreation);

Or get in touch: SHES Admissions, School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

• BSc and MSci programmes in Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences including Sport Science (Outdoor Activities) and Sport Science (Physical Education), tailored to those who might want to be outdoors instructors or PE teachers; • MSc and MRes programmes for those who may already have a BSc qualification.

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>> Step 1 - Review your regular Direct Debits and standing orders Be strict with yourself and the family. Ask yourself, do we use our TV subscriptions as much as we thought, or would a Freeview box do? Are we sure we need these insurances, are there gaps or are we duplicating? The key is to be realistic. Are you really using your gym or club membership for example enough to make it worthwhile? Then once you’ve decided which contracts you really need to keep going, you can make sure you are getting the best deal.

Managing your money, saving for the future and being financially secure is important to everyone. Military life brings specific challenges (mobility, deployment) that can make financial management particularly difficult for some Service Personnel.


anaging your money, saving for the future and being financially secure is important to everyone. Military life brings specific challenges (mobility, deployment) that can make financial management particularly difficult for some Service Personnel. MoneyForce is a website and training programme that will provide accessible online support which is customised specifically for Service Personnel and their families to help them plan their finances better, both while they are in Service and once they leave the Armed Forces. MoneyForce is delivered by The Royal British Legion in partnership with the Ministry of Defence and with the support of the Standard Life Charitable Trust who have funded the project.



Looking to buy a property? This tool compares the cost of buying with renting, and tells you what sort of property you can likely afford.


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How MoneyFit are you? This tool assesses your financial fitness in five key areas - debt, savings, budgeting, planning and protection - and gives you a personalised action plan to help you get MoneyFit.

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>> Step 2 - Get the best deal on all your regular contracts There are many specialist sites that make this easier for things like utilities, home insurance, mobile phones, car insurance. Check out the benefits of combining, for your phone, TV and broadband, as this could get you a much better deal. So get online and don’t be afraid to shop around. This can take a bit of time, but it is really worth doing. >>Step 3 - Start as you mean to go on Don’t spend what you don’t have and avoid running up debt on credit cards and store cards. The last thing you want is to be in the red and have to pay interest on debt. has a fantastic Budget Planner to see how much money you actually have left over after your expenses. >> Step 4 - Aim to pay off your credit cards in full each month to avoid unnecessary costs Interest and charges quickly add up, so make sure you pay at least the minimum amount to avoid incurring lots of additional fees. >>Step 5 - Make sure your savings are working hard Check the interest rate on your savings. These days, interest rates are low, while inflation is higher. So money held in bank accounts or even tax-efficient cash ISAs is unlikely to be keeping pace with inflation. If you’ve got your emergency savings sorted and are saving for the longer term, ask yourself whether you can afford to take a little risk with your money, and invest some into a tax-efficient stocks and shares ISA, which has the potential for greater growth. Bear in mind with this type of investment the value of your investment can go up as well as down and may be worth less than you invested depending on how the investment performs. Whatever your decision, make sure that any money you do keep in savings accounts is getting the best possible interest rate.

Tips on how to gain civilian recognised vocational qualifications


>> PROVIDED BY: Perran James, TQ Education and Training.


any of you within the Armed Forces, it is fair to say, have received the highest quality training and education there is and it is frustrating that so much of this is sadly not recognised the other side of the wire by civilian employers, although I am now led to believe that there are plans to address this to some extent. When you leave the Armed Forces, it is vitally important that you demonstrate on your CV, a selection of transferable skills and vocational qualifications because employers very much expect applicants to ‘hit the ground running’ these days with the skills and qualifications needed to do the job. I sadly meet so many people who leave it far too late before realising they need these skills and qualifications before leaving the Armed Forces and this often results in periods of unemployment during job searching, coupled with the demoralising experience of being cast aside at the application stage. How many younger members of the Armed Forces leave school with virtually nothing in the way of qualifications and are now leaving after serving the minimum length of service, with little to show for their time? The likelihood is that they will struggle to gain employment, particularly as statistics recognise that just over a million young people between the ages of 16 to 24 are unemployed or not in education.

I work for TQ, a company who has been working closely with the Armed Forces for many years, providing high quality training and vocational qualifications. The vocational qualifications we offer the Armed Forces we do not offer to anyone else and as a result these courses are endorsed and very heavily discounted for Armed Forces personnel and their dependents. We are a passionate team of individuals who are fully aware of the challenges the civilian jobs market offers. Using this passion, drive and commitment, we want to help those personnel and their dependants succeed in achieving the vocational qualifications and workplace skills needed to succeed in securing employment on civvy street or for progressing through the ranks. We have helped large numbers of personnel in the past and continue to do so with great success and this is something we feel very strongly and passionately about. Offering a wide range of vocational and knowledge based courses including NVQs, ITQ, ILM, Driver CPC, ITSSAR Counterbalance Forklift truck , we are certain there is a course which will appeal to you; we also routinely introduce new courses based on the feedback we encourage. All military personnel are encouraged to commit to professional and personal development and the Armed Forces incentivises this commitment by not only subsidising the course fees but also offering

£175 of Standard Learning Credits annually, which can be used to reduce short term course fees by as much as 80%. The course fees are a fraction of the equivalent civilian course fees, offering exceptional value for money. As an assessor and someone who strives to help those individuals who want to help themselves, I cannot stress the importance of ensuring you not only give yourself the best possible chance of succeeding in the civilian jobs market but to also ensure you are a viable and attractive resource to any potential employer. So in summary, utilise your time in the Armed Forces to get as many civilian recognised qualifications on your CV that you can, especially as they are so attractively priced. You may still have a number of years to serve but I say, “there is no time like the present”. Use your Standard Learning Credits to reduce the course fees for short term courses like NVQs, ECDL, ITQ and ILM and your Enhanced Learning Credits for more expensive, longer term courses. And above all, take the time and if necessary seek advice to ensure you have created the perfect CV which is going to impress and demonstrate that you are a potential asset that no employer can afford not to consider. If you want to know more, then please feel free to email me at

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Case Study: ROV Pilot Technician Nick Chellingworth


ance Corporal Nick Chellingwoth has served in Germany, Iraq, Norway and the Falkland Islands as Royal Engineers Class I combat engineer and carpenter joiner during a seven-year career. He also gained ‘various NVQs, ECDL, forklift truck license, first aid at work, City & Guilds in engineering and British SubAqua Club diving qualifications.’

aspect of the course was new to me I had to put in a lot of self-study time on the weekends and evenings. The instructors were really helpful though, and took time out of their evenings to give me extra tuition and help. I also took a three-day European offshore survival course, and I’m looking at furthering my electronics qualifications via distance learning.’

‘I registered (for ELCs) in 2004. I thought it would be a wise choice as I knew I would need to further my education after leaving the Armed Forces. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do and researched training schools. The education advisors give good advice on your entitlements and also training centres. I have gained substantial training as an ROV pilot technician, including the IMCA-approved ROV Pilot Technician course and SVQs in electronics through The Underwater Centre at Fort William.’

Since leaving the forces, Nick has been successful in his chosen career as an ROV pilot technician, working for companies such as DOF Subsea in Angola. ‘Coming from the forces, being away from home is something you’re used to. The travel and working in different locations worldwide is one of my favourite aspects of the job.’

‘The course is very well run and relevant, and is a mixture of academic and vocational work. It includes classroom learning and hands-on flying of live ROVs. The flying is incredible and really life-like; you get to fly in the tidal waters of the sea loch, with divers who are also training, and you inspect oil-platform legs, tanks and wrecks. As the electronics

When you start your career as an ROV Pilot Technician, you want to be sure that the skills you have are what ROV employers are looking for. The ROV Pilot Technician courses at The Underwater Centre have been developed to cater for both those with a strong technical background and qualifications, and those who have the right technical ability, but not the qualifications or evidence to back it up on their CV. For more information visit

ROV PILOT TECHNICIAN TRAINING Turn your technical expertise into a new career working with subsea remotely operated vehicles. Find job satisfaction, flexibility, lucrative earnings and worldwide travel. Get the best start to your new career with training for the job, from ROV industry experts. Contact our Student Advisors to find out more: +44 (0) 1397 703786, or scan the QR code for more info.

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Our deployed teams are drawn from all sectors of H M Forces ELCAS providers delivering the essential City & Guilds Level 3 MSO, Highfield First Aid at Work incorporating FPOSi, City & Guilds Level 3 Education & Training and Highfield Port & Terminal Security Risk Management. Other qualifications include FPOSi and the Maritime Coastguard agency STCW95 (All four Modules) High percentage of candidates who pass our MSO course are immediately put forward for deployment opportunities Offering Continued Professional Development with opportunities for promotion Flexible work patterns

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Enhance your Career Prospects with Accountancy Learning The ‘go to’ people for all your bookkeeping and accountancy training Why AAT?

Why Accountancy Learning?

If you want to embark on a career in accountancy or bookkeeping, AAT is a smart choice.

We’ve been there, done that! Our staff are qualified Accounting Technicians and Chartered Accountants with years of experience in both accountancy and in training.

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is widely recognised as the Gold Standard for accounting technician training. You’ll find it’s a qualification that’s recognised and valued across the whole accounting profession and it’s even a requirement of many employers in the field. As a result, by becoming AAT qualified, you’ll enhance your career prospects and increase the likelihood of finding work.

“A professional and well managed learning provider” Stuart McIndoe Stuart was in the Royal Marines until 2013 and has now set up his own bookkeeping practice.

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With us you will receive unparalleled careers advice and great training. You’ll benefit from uncapped tutor support, high quality learning materials, and a flexible approach to study, which fits around your other commitments. In fact, our course provision is carefully designed to maximise your success; regardless of what else you’re juggling – it’s why our AAT Pass Rates consistently exceed 95%. For more information and advice contact us on 01392 311928 or email us for a FREE guide to the Accountancy Profession and the related qualifications and study options on using the subject line EDMIL4. Or visit our Website at:

Interested in a Health & Safety career offshore Our NEBOSH & IOSH courses are ideal if you are a member of the Armed Forces and are: Interested in Leadership and Management Considering your resettlement plans and / or requiring further education Wanting a career in oil and gas, construction and / or offshore wind Through our recruitment department we have o managed to place personnel offshore Offering the best courses Fantastic pass rates High quality trainers, venue and training material Excellent pre and post support provided on all courses

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Robert Locking: Military to Civilian



obert locking joined the Army at the age of 22 in 1994, having completed his basic training at ATR Bassingbourn and his Infantry Training at Vimmy Barracks, Catterick he joined his regiment, 23 Pioneer Regiment RLC based in Bicester. After serving in the British Army for 18 years Robert was medically discharged following a sporting injury resulting in having a back operation leaving him with 30% disability in his left leg. Been discharged from the Forces due to injury was not something that had crossed Robert’s mind, with this in mind his transition into civilian life started. Spending his last 2 years going through rehabilitation at Headley Court he gained valuable advice from the agencies that work within and others that also were on their own rehabilitation. Robert’s hardest decision was what employment to look for due to his disabilities, after attending many of the British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) Career Fairs and many hours networking with various employers exhibiting at these events he decided to book onto a CCTV Operators course. This qualification proved very valuable, as he was employed by one of the biggest security companies in the country working at the Disney European Distribution Centre. Not entirely happy with his position and having to

work night shifts he continued to use the BFRS website and Career fairs to hopefully open up more opportunities for employment. His relationship with the BFRS team got stronger and stronger, and his qualities were noticed by the CEO Harry Dean who was very keen to interview Robert and talk about the possibility of having a position within BFRS. Although Robert was still working an interview was arranged for him to meet with Harry Dean and Neil Dean (Managing Director) at the BFRS offices in Leicester. After a lengthy interview a position was agreed for Robert to take on, Robert now works as the BFRS Military Engagement Officer. This position requires him to travel around the country promoting the BFRS Career Fairs and what BFRS offer the Forces Community which he has grasped with both hands. When asked, what he thought of his position? Robert replied: I found leaving the Army harder than joining the Army; it was a part of my life that was missing. The position I was offered by Harry and Neil was perfect, it enabled me to still have the contact with the Forces Community meeting with many Ranks, and most of all I was able to pass on my experiences of resettlement and promote the excellent services BFRS offer.

HGV Drivers Required Experienced HGV Drivers are required now to fulfil our prestigious driving contracts in Wiltshire and the South West. For those in transition or leaving the forces, we have a number of temporary to permanent HGV vacancies, along with other long-term ongoing driving contracts. If you’re currently on leave – then join us for extra HGV work and earnings. Weekends, odd-days and weekday drivers are also welcomed.

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Advice on working in the security industry after the forces

If you are considering a career in the Security Industry, we have put together some information that will hopefully keep you one step ahead of the taxman! >> PROVIDED BY: Whittaker & Co Accounts and Business Consultants

Your tax will be your OWN xresponsibility; when you start work in the Security Industry most companies state that you have to deal with your own tax responsibilities, this means that you will have to submit a self-assessment tax return to HMRC every year before the deadline to avoid fines. If the outcome is that you owe any tax it will have to be paid to HMRC before the deadline to prevent interest & fines being added to your account. There are only a small number of companies that will take you on a PAYE basis, i.e. pay your PAYE tax & NIC. What if I don’t tell the taxman anything?? That isn’t a wise decision, HMRC have investigation teams & if you are found to have not declared your income then you can receive large fines & possibly face legal action. Also if you have paid too much tax in the past you won’t get it back if you don’t do anything. Never ignore correspondence from HMRC; if you receive any letters or bills from HMRC & you are unsure why then either contact them direct & ask for advice, or if you have an accountant call them. Common Mistakes made: • Listening to know it all’s, unfortunately we all know someone who thinks they know everything about tax, how to deal with the taxman but unless they are a tax advisor or accountant then ignore them! • NOT keeping receipts, travel documents & other important documentation. • Setting up an overseas bank account to keep your money safe, HMRC now have the powers to investigate these accounts. • Not saving money for a tax bill, you should always expect to have a tax bill. We generally advise that you put 20-30% of your income away to cover any potential tax bill.

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Working abroad in the Security sector, you need to qualify to get the tax reliefs that are available which can then minimise your potential tax bills. NON-RESIDENCY - Working on Land Abroad, You MUST adhere to the following: • Be employed or carry on a trade/profession abroad • Work at least 35 hours per week. • Have an employment contract for a minimum of 12 months. • Complete ONE full tax year, April to April • Spend NO more than 90 days in the UK in a full tax year, April to April. SEAFARERS EARNINGS DEDUCTIONS Working at Sea, You MUST adhere to the following: • Spend at least 183 days out of the UK over a 12 month period. • Be classed as employed. • Visit at least ONE foreign port every tax year, for every employer. If you are not going to qualify for one of the above tax reliefs or you are going to be working in the UK then you have the option of being a Sole-Trader or a Limited Company. Self-Employment • Being a sole trader involves personal financial risk & you must pay your debts if the business fails. • Setting up as a sole trader is quick, easy & involves no cost. • You will be liable for tax, Class 2 & 4 NIC. Limited Company • Having a Limited Company means you will have to adhere to strict Company law legislation. • The accounts must be prepared under the Companies Act with financial statements & reports; this does make the accounting fees higher. • You will be liable for Corporation Tax on the net profit of the Company at the end of financial year.

Whittaker & Co are specialists in Non Residency, Mariners Taxation etc. for Overseas and UK Security Operatives and also Ex-Forces working in Hostile Environments or even the Oil & Gas Industry etc. The company was started in 2006 by Anna Cooperwhite, who herself is ex forces. We specialise in providing accountancy services, tax returns, tax advice etc. and pride ourselves on understanding the needs of our clients which include • Non UK Residents • Maritime Security • Sole Traders • Partnerships • Limited Companies and Personal Tax Payers Within our team we have vast experience of dealing with the frustrations and concerns common to all businesses and individuals, we all share great enthusiasm to deliver a personal, high quality service to all our clients and each member of staff working for Whittaker & Co has a niche area of specialism. Our range of services and resources allows us to meet our clients’ needs quickly and efficiently which often exceeds the clients’ expectations. Whittaker & Co are not only the leading accountancy firm and preferred choice on the market for ex-forces going into the security industry but we also have a first class team to assist you with any matter when working for yourself, whether it is creating a business plan, helping you with basic bookkeeping, payroll, VAT etc., we will advise and guide you every step of the way in whatever business you choose to go in to. With the numerous Associates we have on board and work very closely with on a daily basis, we can assist with finance, arranging both personal and business insurance, pension schemes etc. As well as offering all of the above services and much more, we also go out and give briefs on tax advice when individuals are on resettlement courses and we are currently in the process of getting our non-profit making company “The Associates” under every camp resettlement officers nose to assist with the transition into civilian life. The Associates are doing their upmost to the best of their ability to work together with the MOD so it will enable them to give an informative presentation to each armed forces individual leaving the service. It is in the best interest as an individual that you get the correct advice and help out there to steer you in the right direction and both Whittaker & Co and The Associates are committed 100% in getting you just that. For more information about The Associates, visit If you wish to know more about the services Whittaker & Co and The Associates can offer you, or would like to arrange a meeting to discuss how we can help you in more detail then please contact us on any of the available options below. Whittaker & Co have supported and will continue to support and fundraise for the Pilgrim Bandits For more information visit

Whittaker & Co (UK) Ltd, Bryn Isel, The Bank, Newtown, Powys. SY16 2AB Telephone: 01686 610662 Website: Email:


On the days that my son swims he has better posture and walks better as his muscles are able to work efficiently due to the stretches he gets from swim therapy. When he was little it was the only exercise he could do himself (with supervision) and he benefited immensely.”

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or people of all ages, swimming lessons often raise many vivid memories. From the joy of learning to swim as a youngster to the adult learner who feels thrilled at conquering a lifetime goal. Learning to swim is an important life skill. Once mastered, swimming, can be enjoyed as a past time with family, friends or on your own. It’s a great way to keep fit and healthy and is the number one exercise recommended by medical professionals to help with rehabilitation from injury and some illnesses. The known therapeutic advantages of water help both psychologically and physically with recovery.

Learn to Swim, Be safe, Have Fun Swimtime is the UK’s largest independent provider of swimming lessons, delivering a programme to individuals and groups of all ages and abilities. Swimtime offer inclusive group swimming lessons to non- disabled and disabled children. All swimming teachers working with Swimtime hold recognised UK teaching qualifications, lifesaving certificates, have insurance and Enhanced DBS Disclosure, or equivalent. The swimming teachers ensure that children, ‘Learn to swim be safe, have fun!’ Whether in groups or in a one to one swimming lesson. Learning to swim is a great way for children with physical disabilities to enjoy activity in a safe, fun environment. It’s even more

important for children and adults with disabilities to enjoy regular exercise. Swimtime is dedicated to inclusion, and our extensive experience shows that so many children, whose disabilities can restrict them in other parts of their day to day lives, benefit from participating in inclusive group lessons. Water is therapeutic on many levels, and it is rewarding for parents to see their children excited, having fun and moving freely in the water.

Swimming is a life Skill. Rehabilitation after serious injury is a long process where patience and dedication is required. Using the swimming pool can help throughout that process, allowing muscles to be strengthened and rebuilt. This is done by skilled hydro therapists and physiotherapists working alongside swimming teachers. They create a plan for the patient that can be followed up and supervised in Swimtime swimming sessions. At Swimtime, our highly trained and accredited instructors help with the rehabilitation process encouraging recovery and renewed mobility.

Business opportunity Swimming can also provide work for life. Opportunities to open a Swimtime franchise are available to anyone looking to take on a new challenge. The company was founded in 1997 by Barry and Linda Price and has grown into a nationwide network of franchised businesses. They provide swimming lessons in over 200 locations

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across the UK. Using the business format franchise model, Swimtime has been able to support and help grow a number of franchises, owned and managed by a diverse range of people who all share a determination to succeed and a passion for ensuring children learn to swim.

If you think this could be you, speak to us. Visit our website today or contact us through for further information on how Swimtime can help you learn to swim, help children with disabilities, use swimming to recover from injuries or even provide you with a new business challenge. Our team is on hand to help!

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ave you ever wondered what it’s like to do your DofE? Education for the Military Family hears from youth charity The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award about what it means for a young person to do their DofE, how it equips them for the future and just what skills they learn. The DofE is the world’s leading achievement award for young people of all backgrounds aged 14-25. Set up by the Charity’s Patron, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, the DofE is a unique personal development programme that allows young people to try new things, develop their interests and skills set, while working towards an achievement award which is recognised by employers and educational establishments across the globe. When it comes to looking for a job, college or University place, young people will be glad to have done their DofE, it looks great on a CV as it demonstrates commitment and dedication as well as a variety of key skills employers look for in young recruits- it’s also good fun!

What’s involved?

Making the DofE work…

In a recent survey of DofE participants aged 16-18, 80 per cent said they think that having their DofE will help them to secure a job, with the Volunteering voted as the section young people felt would be prepare them for the workplace. But how does taking part in the DofE help young people to get a job? While it looks great to employers to have a highly sought after, nationally recognised achievement award on their CV, it’s important participants understand which skills they’ve developed as a result of taking part and how these will translate into working life. The survey also revealed that the DofE equips young people for working life with half of respondents stating they could demonstrate all five of the skills and attributes the CBI suggests as illustrative of a young person being ‘employable’. Two thirds stated that, in an interview situation, they could confidently demonstrate communication skills through their DofE experience and 89 per cent said they could work as part of a team, two attributes which will prove invaluable in the workplace.

A DofE participant follows their own programme of personal development in order to achieve their Award. Participants choose their own activities for each of the sections, meaning they are measured on activities they have an interest in and enjoy for each of the sections, introducing a new meaning of success to young people’s lives, outside of the classroom.

What do employers think about the DofE?

At Bronze and Silver level, participants pick activities from each of these four sections:

“I believe the DofE gives young people the character, attitude and key skills which will allow them to do wonderful things throughout their lives. When I get a CV through, to see the DofE is a big tick in the box because I know they chose to do something that’s really hard. That they took up the challenge and saw it through. Achieving your Gold DofE is a huge tick in the box and really does change lives for the better.”

Volunteering: For example, helping out at an animal shelter, social media class or elderly people’s home Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities – for example, this could be running, football or even Zumba! Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests – film making, learning to drive, playing an instrument or learning to care for an animal all count! Expedition: getting outdoors for an adventurous journey – planning, training for and completing a challenging journey in the UK or abroad is possibly the most exciting aspect of the DofE. At Gold level, there’s an additional Residential section to complete which involves staying and working away from home doing a shared activity. 60 I Education for the Military I

In a recent independent survey of UK employers by the United Learning Trust, the DofE was voted was the most valuable accolade a young person can have on their CV after academic qualifications. Entrepreneur and former Dragon Theo Paphitis says he actively looks for the DofE when he receives a CV. He says:

How do young people feel that their DofE is equipping them for the future? 16 year old Helen White from Windsor is currently working towards her Silver DofE through her school. Helen says: “I wanted to do my DofE because it sounded like really good fun, especially the expedition. I can expand on a lot of my interests through my DofE activities; for example, I teach windsurfing to 8-15 year olds for my Volunteering section which helps me to learn to lead people and work towards my goal of being an instructor. The DofE allows me to try new things; I get bored staying in and not doing anything so it’s a fun way of getting outdoors and doing something worthwhile with my time.”

To find out more about The DofE visit:

DofE Expeditions, guided walks, navigation courses, mountain biking in Northumberland, Yorkshire Dales... or wherever you want! Included: Most of our expeditions take place in the Northumberland National Park and Hadrian’s Wall areas, however we are happy to use other areas such as the Yorkshire Dales, if that is more convenient for your school/organisation. We also provide guided walks, navigation courses and Level 3 Certificate in BEL.

Please contact us on: Tel: 0191 4133775 , Mobile: 07786902586 or email for an initial discussion regarding your requirements.

For Expeditions and Gold Residentials - only Cumulus ticks all the boxes  COMMITMENT We embrace the ethos of the DofE award and will ensure that your teams have the best possible experience whilst being safe and meeting the 20 conditions set out by the award.

 SUPPORT We can plan, staff, train and equip all As an adventure activity company we provide the most exciting gold residential week activities, including coasteering, kayaking, climbing and mountain biking.

of your expeditions from training right through to qualifying expedition or any part thereof.

 EXPERIENCE A highly qualified and experienced

team selected by founder Russell Thompson, who was chosen to work with Sir Ranulph Feinnes for his last Antarctica expedition.

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outdoor adventure and training specialists

Cumulus Outdoors is a DofE Approved Activity Provider

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ip McGrath Education Centres have been helping children with Reading, Spelling, English and Maths for over 35 years. There are now over 650 centres worldwide, with over 220 operating in the UK. Our experienced, professional and fully qualified teachers provide support to children who are finding schoolwork difficult, wish to excel or those students who are preparing for examinations or entrance exams. We understand that more often than not, the most common reason children struggle with maths and English is simply because of

a lack of understanding, and should not be put down to lack of intelligence. We’ve even witnessed gifted children feeling insufficiently stretched by work which is beneath their capabilities, and subsequently lose interest in learning and slip down below their potential. At Kip McGrath, we firmly believe that any child can learn if they are taught properly and every child deserves the opportunity to access educational services to reach their full potential. Confidence is a key element, and that’s one of our focus areas with our students. Our proven methods of tuition are designed to teach any missing concepts of maths and

English, which in turn will boost a child’s confidence, and help them make up any lost time so that they may have the opportunity to catch up with their peers. The programmes are designed to give students the motivation to succeed. Each child is an individual, and they all have different learning styles. We don’t label or categorise our students, and therefore create a completely individualised learning plan for that child, which is catered to meet their style of learning. Using our new, ground breaking, multimillion pound software, we are able to determine through our FREE assessment, with precision accuracy, the levels your child is at in their education. Our software, in combination with our manual activities and qualified teachers, who teach educational concepts, are able to ensure that students are not given work that is too easy, nor too hard. The Kip McGrath system of tutoring is able to monitor a student’s progress and abilities to give them exactly the correct level of educational challenge. There are no ‘standard’ timeframes and progression is at the students’ pace, so that they never feel overwhelmed and therefore any sense of failure that they may have previously experienced is removed! Children try harder when they attend Kip McGrath Centre because they genuinely feel that they are progressing and improving. Our teachers only provide support where and when it’s needed. At Kip McGrath, we find that children are more productive and become more successful independent learners when taught on a one-to-one individualised learning programmes basis, but in a group environment. Online tutoring opens up a whole new world of possibilities for teachers, parents and students. We found that many parents wanted to enrol their child with us, but simply didn’t have the time to commit to a lesson time or a centre nearby. However, with a computer and a steady internet connection, they can still receive all of the benefits provided by our unique, proven methods of tuition with a qualified teacher online. For more information and details of your nearest centre, please visit our website, or call 01452 382282.

You could say that Kip McGrath give all students a second chance to reach their full potential and gain skills for life! Take the next step to unlock your child’s full potential. Call Kip McGrath TODAY for a FREE assessment to see what your child can achieve!

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Never-ending support for our soldiers. Since 1944.

A grant towards a rent deposit can bring a soldier in from today’s ‘No Man’s Land’. Some former soldiers can have great difficulty securing a place to live. They may have a low credit score after years spent moving from place to place or struggle with affording property in a challenging housing market. Lack of funds can place the all-important rent deposit out of reach. Supporters like you enable us to give grants that literally open doors for these soldiers, giving them the deposit they need to get out of No Man’s Land. The impact of these grants was lifechanging for Jason in Perthshire. He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps until an injury led to a medical discharge. He now works two jobs to help make ends meet. He had nowhere to live and was staying with friends for a time. Now, thanks to a grant for a rent deposit from The Soldiers’ Charity, Jason has finally managed to secure his own flat.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is a registered charity in England and Wales (1146420) and Scotland (039189). Registered as a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales (07974609). Registered Office: Mountbarrow House 6-20 Elizabeth Street London SW1W 9RB Tel: 020 7901 8900 Email:

ADOPT WITH SSAFA Military charity SSAFA has a registered adoption agency. We are particularly good at placing siblings in loving, military families. To find out more: 020 7463 9326 Registered Charity No. 210760 and SC038056. Est. 1885.

Supporting children of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines who are in need, hardship and distress. Also children who have physical or learning disabilities: helping with special needs education and support, educational need in times of crisis and bereavement (tri-service, Ogden armed forces bursary). The only charity dedicated to supporting children whose parents work, or have worked, for the Naval Service.

Tel: 023 9263 9534 Charity Registration - 1075015

Queen Victoria School Raising to Distinction Open Morning Sat 19 Sept 2015 Admissions Deadline 15 Jan each year 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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