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Service Children's Education
Agency overview
Formed1997 (under current name)
Preceding agency
Parent agencyMinistry of Defence

Service Children's Education (SCE) is an organisation of the United Kingdom government responsible for the education of the children of British Armed Forces families and Ministry of Defence (MoD) personnel serving outside of the United Kingdom. They provide schools and educational support services from Foundation Stage through to sixth form. They are headquartered at Trenchard Lines, Upavon, Wiltshire.[1]

It was previously an executive agency of the MoD, but this status was removed on 31 March 2013 following the reduction of service personnel based abroad. However, it continues to operate under the SCE name as part of the MoD's Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP).


During the 1980s, the British Families Education Service (BFES) was renamed Service Children's School (SCS). In 1997 it took its current name Service Children's Education (SCE). Despite the various changes to the name and administration, it continues the mission of its predecessors: providing education for the children of British Armed Forces personnel. Former teachers who taught in SCE schools or under its previous incarnations the BFES and SCS may join the BFES/SCE Association.[2]


Headquarters and offices[edit]

SCE are headquartered at Trenchard Lines, Upavon, Wiltshire.[1] The business support office are co-located with that of the Children's Education and Advisory Service since August 2012.[3]

SCE was headquartered in the Wegberg Military Complex in Wegberg, Germany,[4][5] until 2012.[citation needed] It briefly moved to JHQ Rheindahlen,[3] until that base closed, too, in 2013.[citation needed]

In addition SCE have offices in Bielefeld, Germany and Episkopi Cantonment, Cyprus.[6]


Schools follow the English National Curriculum, administer national assessments and public examinations, and are inspected by His Majesty's Inspectorate, via Ofsted. Teachers have recognised UK professional qualifications and the majority are recruited specially from the United Kingdom through the Civil Service.


The agency operates primary and secondary schools in Europe and Asia and also provides educational facilities in territories such as the Falklands and Gibraltar where there is a significant British military presence. The schools are typically grouped by garrison (including its outlying bases).

Schools are:[7]

  • Treetops Early Years Setting and Hornbill Primary School (Seria)
Falkland Islands
  • Attenborough Early Years and Attenborough Primary School (Sennelager)
  • St David’s Primary School (Ramstein)
  • Sunflowers Early Years Setting and St Christopher’s Early Years Foundation Stage

Former Schools[edit]


Secondary schools
Primary/middle schools
  • Alanbrooke Primary, Dortmund, BFPO20[12]
  • Andrew Humphrey School, WWildenrath (closed 2012)
  • Ark Primary School, JHQ Rheindahlen (closed July 2013)[13]
  • Attenborough First School, Sennelager
  • Attenborough Primary School, Sennelager
  • Ayrshire Barracks Primary School, Mönchengladbach
  • Bad Salzuflen School, Bad Salzuflen
  • Bader First School, RAF Brüggen[14]
  • BFES Germany RAF Borgentreich
  • Bielefeld School, Bielefeld[15]
  • Bishopspark First School, Paderborn
  • Blankenhagen School, Gütersloh[16]
  • Brüggen School, Elmpt, formerly RAF Bruggen (closed July 2015)[17][18]
  • Buckeburg Primary School, Buckeburg (now Immanuel Schule Schaumburg)

Bünde Primary School

  • Cambridge Infant School, Münster[19]
  • Cheshire Middle School, RAF Bruggen
  • Charlottenburg First School (closed 1990s) – Its facilities was taken over by the newly founded Berlin British School in 1994.
  • Churchill School (with annex in Kiel), Verden. Closed 1993
  • Dalton Middle School, Düsseldorf
  • Derby School, Osnabrück[20] (closed 2008[21])
  • Fleming Primary School, Enger
  • Gatow First School Berlin, Headmaster John Hancock (1977-1994), (school closed on 4 November 1994)
  • Griffon School, RAF Wildenrath (became Andrew Humphrey School in c1992)
  • Haig Primary School, Gütersloh[22]
  • Hakedahl Primary School, Detmold
  • Hameln School, Hameln
  • Hampshire School, Monchengladbach. Closed 2001
  • Hamm Primary
  • Hannover Primary School
  • Hastenbeck Primary School, Hastenbeck
  • Heide School, Fallingbostel[17]
  • Hemer Primary School[23]
  • Herford Primary School, Herford (split into Lister and Fleming)

Hildesheim Primary School

  • Hobart Primary School, Detmold
  • Iserlohn Primary School[24]
  • Jerboa Primary School, Soltau
  • John Buchan Middle School, Sennelager
  • John Buchan School, Sennelager (closed 2019)
  • Krefeld Primary School (closed in 2002) – It is now the site of Franz-Stollwerck-Schule.
  • Lancaster School, Minden
  • Lippstadt Primary School, Lippstadt
  • Lister Primary School, Herford (closed in July 2015)[25][17]
  • Maas First school, RAF Laarbruch
  • Marlborough School, Osnabrück
  • Merlin School, RAF Wildenrath (closed in 1991)
  • Möhne Primary School, Soest
  • Montgomery School, Hohne[17]
  • Mountbatten Primary School, Celle
  • Oxford Primary School, Münster (closed in 2013)[19][26]
  • Pegasus Primary School, RAF Wildenrath
  • Rhine Middle School, RAF Laarbruch
  • Robert Browning School, Paderborn
  • Scott School Fallingbostel
  • Shackleton School, Fallingbostel[17]
  • Sir John Mogg Primary School, Detmold (closed July 2014)[17]
  • Slim School, Bergen[27][17]
  • Spandau Primary School, Berlin
  • St Andrew's Primary School, Rheindahlen[28]
  • St Barbara's Primary School, Wulfen
  • St Christopher's Primary School, Rheindahlen
  • St Clements Primary School, Wickrath
  • St David's Junior School, Rheindahlen
  • St David's Primary School, Ramstein
  • St George's Primary School, Rheindahlen
  • St Patrick's Primary School, Rheindahlen
  • St. Peter's Primary School, Lübbecke
  • Suffolk School, Minden
  • Talavera Primary School, Werl
  • Tower School, Dülmen
  • Trenchard School, Gütersloh
  • Victoria School, Dortmund
  • Wavell Primary School, Bergen
  • Wellington First School, Osnabrück
  • Wetter Primary School, Wetter (Ruhr)
  • Wildenrath Primary, Wildenrath
  • William Wordsworth First School, Sennelager
  • York Junior School, Münster[29][19]


Hong Kong[edit]


Secondary schools
  • Alexandra Grammar School.[35] Later merged into Bourne School, it is now the site of ISS International School Preston campus.
  • Bourne School[36]
  • Alexandra/Gillman Secondary Modern School – later merged into Bourne School, the former compound (including Gillman Barracks) is now occupied by an art gallery, the NTU Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA), and other small businesses.[37]
  • St John's School.[38] In 1971, the United World College of South East Asia, then known as the Singapore International School, was established at St John's former campus; it adopted its present name in 1975.[39]
Primary schools
  • Alexandra Junior School
  • Changi Junior School
  • Nee Soon Primary School
  • Pasir Panjang Junior School
  • Seletar Junior School
  • Tengah Junior School
Infants schools[edit]
  • Tanglin Infants School, Tanglin Barracks, Dempsey Road
  • Alexandra Infant School

Pasir Panjang Infant School


Infants schools
Secondary schools

Other countries[edit]

Colony of Aden (now in Yemen)
  • Emblem Primary School, Antwerp
  • BSCS Berakas
  • BSCS Muara
  • St George's School, Bekkestua, Oslo
  • Dharan school, Dharan camp

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "SERVICE CHILDREN'S EDUCATION ANNUAL REPORT AND ACCOUNTS 2012-2013" (Archive). Service Children's Education. PDF p. 3/62. Retrieved on 28 February 2015. "Any enquiries regarding this publication should be sent to us at Headquarters Service Children's Education, Trenchard Lines, Upavon, Wiltshire"
  2. ^ "British Families Education Service/Service Children's Education Association archive: History". Institute of Education. 3 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b "SERVICE CHILDREN'S EDUCATION ANNUAL REPORT AND ACCOUNTS 2012-2013" (Archive). Service Children's Education. p. 7 (PDF p. 8/62). Retrieved on 28 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Recruitment" (Archive). Service Children's Education. May 30, 2003. Retrieved on February 28, 2015. "Application packs may be obtained from the Personnel Section (Recruitment) at HQ Service Children's Education, Building 5, Wegberg Military Complex, BFPO 40[...]"
  5. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions" (Archive). Service Children's Education. May 3, 2003. Retrieved on February 28, 2015. "HQ SCE, Block 5, Wegberg Military Complex, BFPO 40"
  6. ^ "ANNUAL REPORT AND ACCOUNTS 2009/2010" (Archive). Service Children's Education. p. 1 (PDF p. 9/62). Retrieved on February 28, 2015.
  7. ^ "Education overseas for service children".
  8. ^ SHAPE International School - British Section
  9. ^ "SCE Schools - Cyprus". Archived from the original on 12 February 2009.
  10. ^ "Final school closure". gloucesterschool.sceschools.com.
  11. ^ "The Windsor Society". www.windsorsociety.org.uk. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  12. ^ "SCE Schools - Germany". Archived from the original on 12 February 2009.<*Alanbrooke Primary Dortmund BFPO20>
  13. ^ "Ark School: To past pupils, parents & staff of Ark and its predecessor schools" (PDF). ark.sceschools.com. 1 May 2013.
  14. ^ "Records — Bader First School Royal Air Force, Brüggen, Federal Republic of Germany". The National Archives.
  15. ^ Bielefeld School website
  16. ^ Blankenhagen School website
  17. ^ a b c d e f g "School Closure Plan" (PDF). Service Children's Education. 11 July 2014.
  18. ^ Brüggen School website
  19. ^ a b c "Schools (HMI Reports)". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 3 April 1984. col. 519W–{{{column_end}}}.
  20. ^ "Derby School: Information Booklet" (PDF). Service Children's Education.
  21. ^ "EduBase: Derby Middle School". Department for Education.
  22. ^ Haig School website
  23. ^ "Records — Hemer Primary School". The National Archives.
  24. ^ "Records — Iserlohn Primary School". The National Archives.
  25. ^ "Lister School closes". lister.sceschools.com.
  26. ^ "EduBase: Oxford Primary School". Department for Education.
  27. ^ Slim School website
  28. ^ "Records — St Andrew's Primary School, Rheindahlen". The National Archives.
  29. ^ "York Junior School, Münster". The National Archives.
  30. ^ "SCE Schools - Rest of the world". Archived from the original on 25 January 2010.
  31. ^ Personal experience, I attended the school
  32. ^ My father was Headmaster in 1960s
  33. ^ "About Us: A Short History of the School". aishk.edu.hk.
  34. ^ My sisters and I attended the school. My father was Deputy Head.
  35. ^ Memories of Singapore and Malaya, Derek Tait, Driftwood Coast Publishing, 2007, page 161
  36. ^ The Education Committees' Year Book, 1962, page 975
  37. ^ Gillman Barracks
  38. ^ Education, Volume 129, Councils and Education Press, 1967, page 596
  39. ^ "UWCSEA remembers Mr Lee Kuan Yew". uwcsea.edu.sg.
  40. ^ Newman, Alastair. "RNS Verdala Malta". www.verdala.com. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  41. ^ "Other Service Schools and TH in Later Years - Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia". www.talhandaqnostalgia.org. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  42. ^ "Malta Service Schools History". www.talhandaqnostalgia.org. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  43. ^ Law, M F. "SERVICE CHILDREN'S SCHOOLS IN MALTA – A BRIEF HISTORY". www.verdala.com. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  44. ^ UK, The National Archives. "Service Children's Schools, Malta". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  45. ^ "Khormaksar School".
  46. ^ "British forces encourage learning through play". SutcliffePlay.com. January 2010.
  47. ^ "Archives: Belize". IOE.
  48. ^ "Slim School Cameron Highlands".
  49. ^ My father was Headmaster in 1969

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