Forces Support

Queen Ethelburga's currently has over 300 students for Armed Forces families. We welcome boarders from Year 3 upwards and pride ourselves on our wrap-around specialist support for our Forces students and their families. We understand the importance of providing a secure and supportive home from home for students whose parents may need to travel or live abroad for work. We strive to create the right learning and living environment in which every one of our students can thrive.

The Pastoral Care Team, who run the THRIVE@QE programme, ensure that student’s mental health and resilience is a priority. The team are available for students at any time. There is a dedicated area in the school where THRIVE@QE activities take place and students can go for help and support. Students receive help to contact parents who may be deployed abroad and have the opportunity to chat about issues that are important to them or discuss issues that they might need help and support with. We also run a Buddy system between students and have Peer Mentors in the Sixth Form, who have often previously experienced what younger students are going through and offer their support.

Boarding facilities at QE support easy and direct communication with student’s families, with direct phone lines in each room. In addition, we do not have specific "exeat" weekends and parents are able to let their children have any weekends away from school to enable their children to visit relatives or friends.

Useful resources

Reading Force - uses books to bring Forces children and families closer together.

Imail INtouch - provides a free service to deployed personnel, to send or receive mail from an entitled British Forces Post Office (BFPO) number.

Little Troopers - a registered charity supporting all children with one or both parents serving in the British Armed Forces, regular or reserve.

Key staff

Mr Howard and Mrs Hunter-White are our specialist Forces Liaison Officers and have both has personal experience of life as part of an Armed Forces family. They can help with any questions have about Forces support at QE and also support students pastorally.