MKC Heroes Group
In order to support the significant number of students at Plymstock School who are members of service families we have developed a system of in-school support in conjunction with our Heroes Group. The following information has been provided to Plymstock School students:
Are you a member of a service family?
Service Children & Our Support Group
Her Majesty’s Schools Heroes was a unique pupil voice group formed in the City of Plymouth for the support of Service children and young people. It has now grown to be a National Children’s Charity linked to the Royal British Legion (it is now named MKC Heroes). We are part of that National organisation. See the MKC Heroes section of the Royal British Legion’s Website for more details.
At Plymstock School, we have over 160 children from service families. We have a single point of contact for the students and their families, as well as other staff who are part of service families, who can support as needed. We also have access to wider service support mechanisms when they are needed.
What do we do?
Most of the time it is business as usual, but anyone with service family links will be aware of the mix of pride and concerns that are part of everyday life when family members are away. Whilst we all know that routine is helpful when dealing with separation and worry, but there are days that are more challenging, and some in-school support can be helpful. We also know that there are many other issues that impact family life after deployment and even after retirement.
We can help with mentoring and advice on how to manage the tough days, as well as the more practical aspects of contact, and managing the demands of school alongside that of military family life.
How can you help me to help the young people?
We welcome information about deployments, as well as pre and post tour leave, as that enables us to ensure that appropriate support is available and absences are correctly authorised. Likewise, if there is anything else that may be impacting upon your child(ren), please let us know so we can ensure appropriate support is available. Please use the following email for contact. It is always the most direct system. email@example.com
Finally, to alleviate any confusion, please be aware that retirement from the Services does not end your child’s entitlement to Service Child status; they remain classed as such for 5 years. Therefore if you were a member of the Services when your child entered Year 7 they will remain a Service Child throughout their time here.
Please do contact me if you have any questions.
Mrs Tracy Wilkins
Radford Family Centre: 01752 406680
Friends and Families of Deployed Units (FAFDU): 01752 406680
UK/LF Combat Support Group: 01752 836307 / 836906
RM Stonehouse: 01752 836906
Assault Squadron RM: 01752 836307
42 Commando RM: 01752 836906
Plymouth HIVE: 01752 286138