Service Students

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Our Service Students

At Carterton Community College we are fortunate that our Service students have a wide variety of different experiences, of life in school and outside of school. We therefore believe that through a carefully resourced and organised pastoral team we can offer individualised support for our students particularly at times of postings and deployment. 

Our team comprises a School Counsellor, Form tutors, Heads of Houses, a mentoring system, Service Ambassadors, clubs and a Service hub where they can meet with mentors and peers and are also able to contact deployed parents). We link with Brize Norton Community and Families which enables us to anticipate the effects of deployments and to enrich our joint provision for Service students. Deployments can disrupt education, friendships and social networks as well as education. Our transition team from day one will ensure that we make it as smooth and comfortable for the student as is possible, and support their resilience in times of change.

We are incredibly proud of what our Service students represent and the huge contribution they make to the school through student leadership, mentoring, and representing the school including the recent ‘Little Troopers’ podcast which aims to support other service students nationally. We use opportunities to share these with the school and local community and have termly events to highlight the positives that our proximity to RAF Brize Norton affords. We are actively involved with our local Primary and Secondary schools in improving provision for Service students and we are committed to the Oxfordshire Service Pupils’ “Promise”. Our links with Study Higher through Oxford Brookes University provides opportunities for Service Students to experience horizon widening enrichment to encourage them to aim high and increase the numbers of Service students applying to and taking up places at university.

If you have any enquiries to do with SPP, please email at

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Service Pupil Co-Ordinator

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MRS K Desmond

Service Pupil Mentor


Service Pupil Champion

Our work with Service Children and their families is kindly supported by the following organisations who recognise the imortant work that Carterton Community College does assisting children with the adverse affects of mobility and deployment of family members as well as the social and emotional effects of having close family proudly serving in the armed forces.

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Armed Forces Covenant

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Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust