Support for Forces Families 

As a school with a high proportion of service families we understand that moving to a new school can be an anxious time. Our aim is to ensure that children settle into Cranwell Primary School as quickly as possible.  To support children to settle in, we pair children up with a buddy friend who will help them to learn the routines and to find their way around school.

Visits to the school prior to arrival are always welcomed.

At Cranwell Primary school we understand that children with a family member deployment may need additional pastoral support while their parent is away. We run a ‘Bluey Club’ which gives children the chance to meet with other children who also have a parent deployed. The group is child led and the children have the opportunity to draw pictures and write cards for deployed parents as well as playing games and seeking support. Each child receives a Bluey badge so that others know that they have a parent deployed and they can be supported.  We keep a Bluey book that shows other children our activities and we have a committed group of children who we call our Service Children Champions who encourage others to attend and offer peer support.

Once a family are aware that a parent is going to be deployed, we ask that they complete the Deployment form and return it to the school office. This allows us to best support children and families.

Deployment Form - Click here


Leaving Cranwell Primary School

We understand that leaving a school can be a worrying time.  Class teachers will support with transitioning to the new school by passing on any educational records and communicating with the new school.  We have an ‘All about me’ booklet which can be completed and taken to the new school if required.

Young Carers

We support Young Carers and are proud to have been awarded the bronze award for the support we provide. Our Young Carers group have renamed themselves the Helping Hands group. They meet weekly and have developed a A4 pamphlet which children can use to support a transition to their new school.  Further information about the role of a Young Carer can be found at Young carers – Young carers service - Lincolnshire County Council

Lincolnshire Festival of Friends 

We are proud to be part of a project called the Lincolnshire Festival of Friends. We have been working with other schools across Lincolnshire to promote service children in education and further education.

We are dedicated to ensuring the needs of all children are met, including the well-being of our Service children, through the implementation of the ‘Thriving Lives Toolkit’. This toolkit has been influenced by rigorous research and offers a comprehensive framework of seven principles for reflection on our practices. If you wish to see more information about The SCiP Alliance, here is a link to their website: SCiP Alliance

Further Support

Sometimes it can be difficult to find the help, support or advice you need. We have developed a list of support resources for you and your family to support you to navigate both serving and civilian life challenges.

Naval Families Federation :

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This has lots of useful support to share linked to the Deployment Cycles.

Naval Families Federation (NFF) | LinkedIn


The Royal Airforce

Since Wraparound Childcare (WAC) was launched in September 2022, Defence has been working on integrating the WAC registration, claims calculations and submissions in JPA to make it easier and simpler to use.  

We are pleased to announce that the new system will go live on Monday 19 February 2024. From that date, all WAC claims and registrations will be completed in JPA under the ‘My child allowances - WAC’ section.


The Army

On this page you can find information about Health and Wellbeing, Welfare Support, Financial and Legal Support, Support with deployment and the Armed Forces Covenant.



Talking with others is the first step in combating anxiety, stress or depression, whatever the cause.


RAF Families Federation

In this section you will find everything you need to know about Education for Service children from early years and schools, including boarding schools, to Further and Higher Education and even Adult education. 


Support for Young Carers;

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Cranwell Primary are proud to be Bronze Award winners for supporting Young Carers.

Our Young Carers group have renamed themselves the ‘ Helping Hands’ group and they have developed a transition A4 pamphlet to share with their new school 


The Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces and their Families are treated fairly.


Help For Heroes

They support veterans and their families by giving life-changing support, no matter when or where they served.

Reading Force

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Home - Reading Force

A website to promote shared reading. Doing Reading Force is especially beneficial for children and parents separated by deployment or training and can help with staying bonded, connected and keeping continuity by having a story to share and chat about. So join in the fun and sign up to receive your free book and special scrapbook. It’s free and easy and brings families and friends closer together.