Supporting Service Children at Haberdashers’ Adams 

In the Month of the Military Child, Haberdashers’ Adams shines a spotlight on the support offered by the school to Service children. It is very proud of their Service children community and offers a number of support mechanisms to them. 

A dedicated member of staff, Mr Johal, has responsibility and oversight for the personal and academic development of Service children. He is the main point of contact within the school for Service families, providing pastoral support and guidance. Mr Johal provides mentoring specifically for Service children. His focus is to help pupils build social skills, self-esteem and develop positive attributes to learning, thus raising academic attainment. 

Service children are offered the opportunity, once every half term, to come together on a field trip and receive advice and support off-site. This creates an opportunity to share experiences with peers, work as a team, get to know the staff who support them and build a Service community. Events have included a day at Harper Adams with the Service Children’s Progression Alliance, walking up the Wrekin, team building activities at Arthog and a trip to Hoo Zoo. 

Mr Johal says: “We hope that having the opportunity to know who else in school is a Service child will encourage pupils to seek each other out in times of need.” 

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