Headteacher: Mrs R. Jones
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Station Road, Brize Norton, OX18 3PL
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Service Children's Champion

As a school, Brize Norton serves many service families from RAF Brize Norton. We are proud of our links with the RAF base and warmly welcome all service families within our school community. On average, 25% - 30% of our school community is made up of service families. We take the time to understand and better appreciate service life of our young people and recognise the impact it can potentially have, especially during times of parental deployment. “Deployment” refers to the Service person being away from home, either on an operation or a long term training exercise, (but not necessarily to an area of conflict). During deployment children and young people can be separated from one (or sometimes both) of their parents for long periods of time and this can cause anxiety for children and young people. Military deployment can be a time of uncertainty and high emotion for all involved. As a result, we have a dedicated member of staff, Mrs Sutherland, who is our Service Children’s Champion.

Mrs Sutherland has many responsibilities within her role which helps us to best support children over the course of the academic year. She has weekly dedicated time to support children in a variety of ways, some of which include:

  • Leading 1:1 or group interventions to support with learning eg. Phonic groups or mathematical fluency skills.
  • Supporting individuals through nurture groups and activities whose parents are deployed if required.
  • Tracking key events in the lives of children whose parents are deployed to add an extra layer of support eg. Birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries.
  • Being aware that some children may take on the role of young career and monitors and supports accordingly.
  • Supporting class teachers with the individuals needs within their class.

As a school we also recognise and support the potential wider impact on the rest of our community eg. Children saying goodbye to friends if families relocate. 

As a school we receive Pupil Premium funding, as a part of this we also receive a Service Premium for all eligible children who have a serving parent in the armed forces.  To see how we plan to spend the funding as well the impact on how it historically has been spent, click here to read the Pupil Premium Strategy Report. 

Pupil Premium Funding

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