George Spencer Academy wins ministerial support for policy on children at Chetwynd Barracks

The academy plans to change its admissions policy in 2013 and youngsters from forces’ families will be a priority group. Anna Soubry asked “members of the armed forces often have to move very quickly and with short notice, which can affect the education of their children, particularly if it happens when school has already started. Will the Minister congratulate George Spencer Academy in my constituency which intends to change its policy so that priority is given to such children especially those moving to the Chetwynd Barracks which is also in my constituency? ” The Minister, Andrew Robathan replied ” I certainly join my hon. Friend in congratulating that school. She will know that admissions codes can now allow favourable treatment for children of service personnel and we must not forget that the Department of Education has introduced the pupil premium, which will also benefit service children. We have also put £3 million forward to assist schools that have a disproportionate number of service children when they have problems. In general though service children do rather better in education than other children.”