The Wellington College Academy Trust recognise the value that serving personnel (both regular and reservists), veterans and military families contribute to our local community and our country as a whole. We are also very conscious of the particular issues that affect students who are from service families and are committed to supporting them (and their families) in any way that we can.
We have excellent relations with the local garrison and were delighted to welcome Lt Col JB Balls MBE and WO1 MA Avant to the Academy on Wednesday 4th of July in order to jointly sign a copy of the Armed Forces Covenant.
By signing and committing to the Armed Forces Covenant, The Wellington College Academy Trust promise to ensure that those who serve (or have served) in the armed forces, and their families, are treated with respect and fairness within the school community and we will promote the fact that we are an Armed Forces friendly organisation.
The majority of students within The Wellington College Academy Trust come from service families and we appreciate that the challenges faced by these pupils are complex and unique. We are committed to ensuring that disruption to their education is minimised wherever possible by utilising many of the unique qualities of the Academy for example, for those families that qualify for the continuity of education allowance, our boarding house is an option to assist with disruption due to redeployment and we employ a Service Children Champion who personally ensures the very best outcomes for service children.
Many Academy students are also very involved with the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and our CCF wear the badge of 22 Royal Engineers based at Perham Down. All students and staff take part in the Academy’s Remembrance Day service every year, as well as other fundraising and awareness activities. In line with this, we will continue to maintain the Memorandum of Understanding which was signed with the MOD.
We are proud of the strong links that exist between The Wellington College Academy Trust and the military community. We recognise this Covenant as an important milestone in the formal recognition of our commitment.