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Primary School

Service Families Support

Service children are not a standardised group and will have different experiences.  At Carterton Primary School we recognise all children as individuals.


Service children may move home frequently, with all the disruption to education, friendships and social networks that this can imply. Leaving behind old friends and making new friends is one of the biggest challenges service children say they face. Educationally, they can miss key parts of the curriculum and unwittingly re-do other parts. At Carterton Primary School we have a transition programme for every child and our role is to help children settle in quickly, ensuring they make friends and feel happy.


We are very proud of our links with RAF Brize Norton and the support we offer their children and families.


There can be significant benefits for service children being part of the armed forces community and the challenges they may face can also increase their resilience. They may therefore develop strong leadership, peer mentoring, organisational skills and other positive attributes reflected by the military ethos. At Carterton Primary School we use these qualities within our behaviour characteristics programme of CoJoe's.




Army Families Federation 'Excellence for Service Children Award' winners