Service Pupil and Nurture Support

 At The John Hampden School Wendover we believe in supporting all children, enabling every pupil to fulfil their potential. The well-being of each child is vital; a happy and settled child is more receptive to learning.

The school receives Service pupil premium funding for each Service child. This enables us to employ our Service Pupil and Family Support Coordinator who offers advice and help to our Service pupils & families. This funding also enables us to purchase books and resources to support sessions with Service children. We have also been able to buy a number of special Armed Services bears which have been a source of comfort to pupils in their class when a family member is on a deployment. The school has purchased a number of reference books and materials to increase teacher knowledge. Service pupil premium funding has also provided the opportunity for the Service Pupil and Family Support Coordinator and Teacher to attend training courses.

 

Forthcoming events/dates for the diary:

Thursday 13th October 2016 was Red, White and Blue Day.

Red, White and Blue Day is run jointly by ABF The Soldiers' Charity, The RAF Benevolent Fund and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. Each of these three charities is responsible for the welfare of soldiers, sailors and airmen and their families. On Thursday 13th October our school chose to support this national initiative. We currently have 26 children from Service families in the school  and Red, White and Blue Day was a chance for our school to show support for the huge number of Service families in the UK by dressing in red, white and blue for a contribution of £1 to go to the charity.

 Feedback from our visitors included:

It was really good to learn a little more about the support offered should either me or my husband be deployed. It was a little emotional but very reassuring. Thank you

Thank you for inviting me. A brilliant and thoughtful assembly. Pitched just right!

Thank you I really enjoyed that. Very informative and the children sat so well throughout. Very impressed.

Thank you for a fantastic assembly. Lovely to see all the children dressed in red, white and blue.

Thank you for a lovely assembly. I think it explained Red, White and Blue day very well.

Thank you to you all, it's great to see the value of this day for the children to understand and to know I can go away happy.

 

We organise a coffee morning every term, details of the next one will be announced shortly.

  • Mrs Helen Brettell

    Nurture & Support Co-ordinator

    hbrettell@wendoverjunior.co.uk

    I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am a Service wife and mother of two children, currently in local schools. Primarily, I offer empathetic support to the Service Children and families at John Hampden School, with an extended role nurturing and supporting other children during difficult times.

    I work in conjunction with John Hampden School’s current procedures and policies to complement the existing support put in place by the school. My responsibilities include providing support for children and families at times that can present challenges such as:

    * During times of transition in and out of educational settings

    * During times of parental deployment

    * As school friends are posted away

    * At other times of wider need

    To effectively offer this support I would really appreciate it if you would let me know of any forthcoming postings or deployments you anticipate. If you have any questions or would like to meet up with me please contact me at hbrettell@wendoverjunior.co.uk . I would be very happy to meet you and your family to discuss further how we can work together, along with the school, to promote positive outcomes during the potentially turbulent times that may be encountered as part of Forces life. In my absence please contact Jo Spencer at the school on 01296 622629.

    The school have a dedicated display for the Service families to raise the profile of the three Services and the fantastic jobs that you do. To update this we would love to add photos of our serving parents (in uniform if possible). If you have any photos you would be happy to share please email either to myself at hbrettell@wendoverjunior.co.uk or Jo Spencer at office@jhampden.bucks.sch.uk

  • Mrs Jo Spencer

    office@jhampden.bucks.sch.uk

    I am currently a Year One teacher at John Hampden and a member of the senior leadership team. My role offers a link between Helen and the staff. We plan and deliver staff training together as well as events. I am always willing to speak to service families when Helen is unavailable.

  • Dr Gordon Wong

    Service Pupil & Family Support Governor

The Service Pupil Passport

If a child is preparing to move with their family as part of a posting, Helen will make a special book with them called a passport which will be sent with the child to their new school. This will help them to remember their old school and it enables their new teachers to get to know them more quickly.

The Travels of John Hampden Bear

The John Hampden bear continues to travel with some Service family members while they are on deployment.