Service Families Information Page

At Debden Primary Academy, we are very proud to have children of families who are serving in the armed forces as part of our school community.

Starting School
  • give your child a tour of the school
  • provide your child with a buddy
  • introduce your child to other members of staff
  • read your child’s previous reports and records and make any necessary assessments
  • keep in regular contact with you and discuss how your child has settled

We believe that education is a partnership between the school and parents and you can help us by:

  • making an appointment to look around the school
  • telling us about your child and any worries you may have
  • informing us of any special needs your child has
Leaving School

We will:

  • ensure any assessments are made
  • send any records direct to your child’s new school
  • sensitively talk to your child about the move and discuss any worries they may have

 We ask you to:

  • inform us as soon as you know that you may be leaving, even if you do not have actual dates. This is because the impending move may already be having an effect on your child.
  • inform us of your child’s last day at school.
  • provide us with the new school’s name and address and your forwarding address.
  • return reading book and library book.

Our school has an open door policy and we welcome parents into school. Parents regularly hear children read, help with school events and activities and accompany us on trips.



We understand that deployment is major part of service life and there is rarely a time when we do not have a child who has one of their parents away for a long period of time. Again our staff have experience of working with children who are in this situation. Several of our staff have first-hand experience of service life and all staff have received training on deployment and the effects it may have on service children. We aim to help pupils learn to deal positively with the change and transition caused by deployments.

We understand that children may feel:

  • anxious
  • confused
  • fearful
  • upset
  • sad
  • angry
  • ambivalent

We aim to maintain a ‘haven of normality’ during a time of change and challenge and we do this by:

  • maintaining classroom routines
  • maintaining expectations of behaviour and school work
  • retaining a stable environment, conducive to learning
  • retaining the enjoyment of learning and being with friends
  • providing a listening ear
  • enabling children to learn how to manage thoughts and feelings
  • anticipating and de-fusing potential pressure points
  • anticipating that some changes will invariably occur
  • helping the child to keep in touch
In addition to this, we have a qualified learning mentor who is regularly works with groups of children who require support. We also have a MIND counsellor who works with families from our community in school on a weekly basis.
To help us to help your child, we ask that you:
let us know well in advance of a deployment. We will respect your wishes not to tell your child but the months leading up to a deployment can start to unsettle the child even if they do not know about it. let us know once you have a confirmed date – we understand this can change. tell us when the parent is due home (for R & R and end of tour) - we understand that this too is a time of change and of adjustment.