HM Forces Children and Support Offered at Court Lane Infant School
If your child has a parent who is, or lives with, a member of the Armed Forces then please let us know, using the form below, as we offer a wide variety of support and activities for HM Forces children.
As you are aware, schools receive additional funding to provide any extra support and to lessen the effects of frequent changes of school and separation from a serving parent deployed on operations. This funding provides us with the opportunity to focus on additional social, emotional and academic support if required.
Our support includes the following:
- A school point of contact Mrs V Hoade, who can be found on the playground every morning before school, or myself Mrs K Pickett
- Court Lane Koalas are available and can be taken away on deployment
- Specific books in the library aimed at supporting children when their parent is away from home
- Military kids club - held jointly with the junior school
We are part of Pompey's Military Kids a joint initiative set up by the Naval Families Federation (NFF) and Portsmouth City Council (PCC), working with representatives from various schools across the city. The Cluster Group supports Service children in a number of different ways and local schools now share good ideas and best practice through collaborative working. Events and activities are organised by NFF and PCC which, with the schools support, bring Service children together, to encourage them to interact, make new friends and support each other. This means that there is now a network of young people who are helping and supporting each other within the wider community
It is really important that we work together to support children, particularly when a parent is on deployment. Please ensure that you inform us when this happens so that I and all staff at Court Lane can keep an ‘extra eye’ on your child and ensure we provide support if needed; also so that your child can give you a bear to take away with you.
If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact me.
Karen Pickett, Deputy Head of School
As mentioned on the 26th of May newsletter, here is the Armed Forces form.