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Service Pupil Support 

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Haverfordwest High VC School is committed to supporting all pupils including our Service children and Military families. 

We work closely with SSCE Cymru (Supporting Service Children in Education Wales) who have identified that these pupils have faced experiences which may include:

  • Emotional impact of separation during deployment/training
  • Making/Losing friends
  • Missing friends/family they no longer live near
  • Frequent school and home moves
  • Living in different countries
  • Missing curriculum content/duplicating of curriculum content
  • Adapting to different curriculums
  • Learning Welsh for the first time
  • Impact on lifestyle when parent/s transition out of the Armed Forces. 

 

The SSCE Cymru definition of a Service child is:

A person whose parent, or primary carer, serves in the regular armed forces,

or as a reservist, or has done so at any point during the first

25 years of that child/young person’s life.

 

 Awareness of the number of Service pupils we have at HHVCS enables us to understand their needs and access additional support/funding if required. 

Please visit the SSCE website for information on how service children are supported in education in Wales: 

www.sscecymru.co.uk/

 

At HHVCS we understand the difficulties that our Service pupils face when transitioning in/out of school, especially if this falls mid-term. We have Service Ambassadors to help them feel welcome and part of our school family and also support with ‘getting to know’ any new school friends when moving to pastures new. We have a large team of pupil support staff to help new pupils settle into the new school environment and to monitor integration into HHVCS as time goes on.  

We asked our Service Pupils to complete a Pupil Voice Survey so we had a better understanding of how we could support them as a school. Here are a few of the questions/answers.

 

 What is positive about being a Service Pupil?

We get to meet new people and see new places.

I found one of my old friends again when we moved. 

I moved  back to the country where my family lived, so I can see them more now. 

We see lots of different places and sometimes we get to stay somewhere we like for longer. 

Service pupils of HHVCS

 

What is negative about being a Service Pupil?

I’m enjoying my school and have really good friends and then have to leave.

I have to stop clubs and I worry about my new school.

I worry about getting lost in my new school. 

I like learning about other countries when I live there. 

I find it hard to make new friends.

Service pupils of HHVCS

 

How do you feel when your parent/carer is away? 

I miss Dad and get scared for him. It’s exciting when Dad comes home again. 

Mum can get really stressed when Dad is away, I get tired as I have to do more jobs to help with my younger brother and sister.

I miss not having a place to call home because not everyone is there. 

Service pupils of HHVCS

 

 

 

How can our school help you?

Having someone to talk to who understands how we feel.

Have someone to show them around and look after them so they have a friend. 

Have a welcome day so we can meet other people like us. 

Keeping in contact with our old friends and have help finding out about our new school we are moving to.

Have some fun activities together to help us when we feel sad and miss our family.

Have a leaving party to say goodbye to my friends - with pizza!

Service pupils of HHVCS

 

Mrs Miranda Corcoran is our Service Pupils Liaison. In her role, Mrs Corcoran looks after the wellbeing and supports all of our military pupils and families at Haverfordwest High. During a Service Pupils life at Haverfordwest High, they have the option to speak to Mrs Corcoran directly or any of our Pastoral team if they have any concerns or need support. 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything with Mrs Corcoran please call 01437 774749. 

 

 

 

 

 If you require any further support from the individual Military Services, please see the links below. 

 

www.army.mod.uk

 

 

www.royalnavy.mod.uk

 

raf.mod.uk