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Support for Service Families


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:

  • make up at least 16% of the college population
  • have outperformed their non-service peers in examination performance
  • have higher rates of attendance
  • and have better behavioural statistics compared to their non-service counterparts.


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.