Pupils at Alderman Pounder Infant School in Chilwell had a surprise visitor when the Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon MP popped in to see the work of ‘the pod’. Alderman Pounder used Ministry of Defence funding to convert a bungalow on the school’s premises into a special place for service children. With Chilwell Barracks down the road, Alderman Pounder is popular with Army families and ‘the pod’ brings their children together to provide support.
Anna Soubry has seen the project grow over recent years with the conversion of the bungalow into a wonderful additional facility. Anna said “we know it can be tough on children when a parent is away on operations – especially when it’s for a long time and in particularly dangerous conditions. The Pod Squad – as the children are called get support from each other as well as from teachers and assistants.”
Michael Fallon said “ensuring servicemen and women’s families are looked after is at the heart of our commitment under the Military Covenant. That’s why we have increased funding for children whose parents are in our Armed Forces and created a new £6m Education Support Fund for projects to help them. It was a pleasure to see Alderman Pounder school’s fantastic Pod and hear from children, parents, and their teachers about the real difference it is making. This is a great example which other schools could learn from to ensure Services’ children get the extra support they deserve.”
Alderman Pounder Infants is a great school and Anna praised the head and all the staff for making the visit a success.