St. George’s is a warm and welcoming school who puts pupil well being at the heart of everything they do.
The headteacher, Mrs Kate Saunders, comes from a service background and is very aware and sympathetic to the challenges that service children face. We warmly welcome military families into the school and have experience of supporting them at difficult times. We have ELSA assistants and a Family Support Worker in the school who are able to support children and families either on a 1:1 or group basis.
We are always happy to show parents and their children around the school. We usually use our Year 6 School Leaders to conduct the tour as we find this gives useful information from a child’s perspective. There is then an opportunity to chat with the headteacher and ask any remaining questions that you have. It is also possible to arrange taster sessions at the school.
The school aims to make children’s transitions into our school as smooth as possible. If there is any other information that would be useful, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
Little Troopers club is a place where military children are invited to join other military children to have lunch, play games, and celebrate all things forces.
The aim of the club is to ensure all service children at St George’s Primary feel supported and have the opportunity to share their experiences in a safe place, over lunch with like-minded friends.
Mrs Wickham, who runs the club, is a military wife (and once a military child herself) and is able to help our Little Troopers explain to others the unique challenges and opportunities that go hand in hand with being part of a military family. Due to this experience, Mrs Wickham is in the perfect position to help and support our Little Troopers during times of family deployment, military events and other things specific to forces families.
Throughout the year, we will be asking our Little Troopers to get involved in things around the school, for example engaging in the school Remembrance Service and raising money for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. By doing this, we hope to provide an insight into what it is like to be a service child by bridging the gaps between pupils and our Little Troopers.