Nottingham

MoD grant for school that teaches service children

Alderman Pounder School
Image caption The school teaches 33 children of service personnel

Work will start later to provide new facilities at a school which teaches many children of service personnel.

Alderman Pounder Infant and Nursery School, in Chilwell, has been awarded £50,000 from the Ministry of Defence.

The school has 234 pupils and 33 of them are children of service personnel based at Chetwynd Barracks in Chilwell.

The money will pay for a bungalow to be refurbished, providing a sensory room, a room for one-to-one teaching and a community room.

Head teacher Julie Hemsley said: "The fact we have got this has just been fantastic.

"We do all we can to help service children settle in and reach their potential.

"This funding will enable us to do even more."

Mitigate deployment

Andrew Robathan, Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, will visit the school later to cut the turf to mark the start of the building work.

The Ministry of Defence is funding projects to support 139 schools across the UK which teach children of service personnel.

The MoD says this is to mitigate the effects of mobility or deployment, as children often have to move schools when their parents move bases.

Mr Robathan will also meet the staff, military parents and pupils in Chilwell, in Nottinghamshire.

Some of the parents are serving in Afghanistan.

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