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Service Families




We want our children from Service Families to feel like they have always been here – settled, appreciated and valued from day one. In order to achieve this, we: 

  • ensure new children have the opportunity visit school before joining their class

  • ensure that new children are able to access uniform immediately - so that they 'fit in' straight away 

  • ensure that all new children receive a free book bag - again, so that they feel part of the school community from day 1

  • ensure that all new children receive a home reading book on day 1

  • ensure that coat pegs, pupil books, pupils' trays etc are all named upon arrival - so that children feel welcomed and valued 

  • ensure that all new children are assigned a named 'buddy' on day 1 - to ensure that children feel part of the class from the outset 

  • ensure that all new Service Children are introduced to Mrs. Young, our Service Families Champion - so that they know that they have a named adult, who understands their life circumstances 

  • ensure that children are shown the selection of books in the school library about life as a Service Family 

Ongoing support for Service Families is important to us at Cambrai. Service Families can expect from us: 

  • A Service Families Champion - Mrs. Young - who has a forces background and understands the unique experiences that Forces life can bring 

  • Regular coffee sessions - where all families can get together, meet each other and quickly ease in to being part of the Cambrai family 

  • A strong link with the 'Service Pupils Champions' service - a local team who can support Service Children and their wider families 

  • Support for children who wish to create deployment boxes, letters, pictures etc 

  • Bespoke support for children who may need it: time and space to talk, with those who understand 

  • Access to a selection of books in the school library about life as a Service Family 

  • A school who works to the best practice guidance shared by Service Children's Progression Alliance (SCiP Alliance) and 'Little Troopers' charity


Strong and Experienced Leadership is in place for our Forces Community: 

  • Our Trust Deputy CEO is an experienced teacher of Service Pupils - having previously worked on the garrison 

  • A school Service Family Champion - who has lived the Service Family Life 

  • The GSM is a formal 'friend' of the school - supporting our military links

  • A Parent governor is from a Service Family and represents the community at governance level 

  • Several other staff are linked to forces community 

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Service Families are part of Our Family. 
Children from Service Families make up around half of the children in our school. We greatly value the huge contribution that Service Families make to our country - and are proud to both educate and care for their children. 

Adopting an inclusive, family approach to school life is key to our approach of welcoming new children to our school. Children mix with children from all ages (as the school grows), reading together, playing together and learning from each other. We will expect our older children to be role models and 'buddies' for new children and the youngest members of our family. We want all of our children to be proud of their school, each other and themselves - from the moment they join 'Team Cambrai'.

Click here to find out more about North Yorkshire's Service Families Local Offer 

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