Supporting the children of service families at Helston Community College
Service children have unique needs. Whether living in the UK or overseas, they face challenges that often go beyond the experience of the majority of families and children living in the UK. Increased school mobility and the cycle of deployment can bring social, emotional and academic challenges for those children with parents in the armed forces (Ofsted 2011).
Service children are those who have one or both parents currently serving in the armed forces. The Government also recognises that children may still need some support even after their parents have left the forces. In fact colleges can claim additional funding to support Service children for four years after their parents have left the armed forces.
At Helston Community College, Service children:
Of course, statistics do not represent every student's individual experience and belonging to a Service family does bring challenges which other children may not encounter. The college, therefore, offers support in a number of ways all of which are underpinned by our co-operative values. In addition to this, the college supports the role the armed forces play in our community and seeks to work with them in the wider education of all our students.
Military Families Reading Force Book Club
Reading Force have launched Junior and Senior Book Clubs for children aged 8-11 and 12-16 to get together and chat. Children who sign up to Reading Force receive the first three books from them for free. The aim is to read the book and then meet up with the group each month and chat about it to share the fun of the book and the adventure together.
We will be holding our monthly book club meetings after school on the first Wednesday of each month, commencing from Wednesday 1st February from 3.15 pm – 4.15 pm, in Room A10 at our South Site building.
We have 15 places available for this group, and places will be offered on a first come first serve basis.
You must complete the electronic “Permission Slip” giving your permission for your child to attend the club which can be found here: Monthly Book Club
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