If you have any specific requests or queries regarding your military family child, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Southmead Primary is the nearest school to the base at RMB Chivenor, a base for part of 3 Commando Brigade, the rapid reaction force for the UK. Around 39% of our pupils on role are from military families. The base has engineers, medics, RAF and Army personnel. Exceptional mobility within school can have an affect on all pupils, especially military children, their peers and families. The constant movement of pupils in and out of classes can have an affect on maintaining consistency and calm in the classroom. We work hard to ensure that consistency and stability is maintained.
Our Headteacher attends regular meetings with the Chivenor Parish Council to maintain a link between Southmead and the Chivenor base.
Service Pupil Premium – by Ian Cheeseman, Unit Welfare Officer, RMB Chivenor.
Each military child is allocated £300. The money is used by schools to cover a range of benefits including staffing, training and pastoral support. Southmead takes advice from organisations such as Service Children in State Schools to ensure we deliver “Best Practice”.
Spending plans are posted on the school website and discussed at Chivenor Parish meetings held at RMB Chivenor throughout the year and will be attended by Mr Nick Plumb on behalf of the school. Records are kept of all expenditure and this is regularly reviewed.
Families are welcome to contribute ideas for how the money could be spent to help their child and are asked to do so in writing. The key things parents have requested so far are:- financial support for clubs, music tuition, trips, residential, homework and uniform. If you have ideas which you feel would benefit your child or the wider school community please contact the school office
We have a special Southmead ‘Passport’ (below) to help with the transition of moving to a new school, whether it be to Southmead or from Southmead to a new school. It would be lovely if you could fill in the passport and bring it with you when you arrive in Southmead. We look forward to reading it and finding out all about you. You can find the passports here.
Devon Forces Family provides information for anyone who has ever served in any branch of the armed forces and is now living in Devon, or is planning to move here.
Support is available for all members of the military community, including people getting ready to leave the forces, recent service leavers, older veterans and family members. This also includes members and ex-members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary who are now recognised as part of the Royal Naval Service. This site has been designed to help you navigate that support and find the help you need quickly and easily. Here you’ll find information about national services and local support in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. Click HERE to link to their website.