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Forces Families

Pocklington School is proud of its long association with the Armed Forces.

Pocklington School boarders with housemaster and resident dog

Many of our former pupils have gone on to distinguished careers in the Services and a number of our boarding staff are uniquely placed to offer sensitive support to the Forces families who choose our school. This is because they themselves were once Forces children, or have in their adult life served in the Armed Forces, or may currently have children of their own or other members of their extended family who are serving.

Pocklington School has signed the Armed Forces Covenant. This is a pledge to honour the covenant and support the Armed Forces Community. We have also received a Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme for our provision of  exceptional support to the armed forces community and defence by going above and beyond our covenant pledge. We recognise the value Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reservists, Cadet Forces, Veterans and Military Families contribute to our Foundation, our Schools, our Community, and our Country. We understand what being on active service or on constant training deployments can mean for the whole family, and we work hard to provide reassurance in these trying times. First class IT enables easy communication with parents wherever they are, and we are very flexible about facilitating family visits or weekend breaks to fit around leave during term time.

Our excellent boarding houses are staffed by dedicated teams, who are highly trained, vocationally driven and constantly aim to mirror the kindness and patience that a parent would give. We give equal time and quality of care to the Prep School child who needs a story and tucking in at bedtime as to the Upper Sixth student who wants to talk frankly about the sometimes daunting challenges of being a young adult.

Smiling girl in CCF uniform

Pocklington School is co-educational for children aged 2 to 18, so siblings can remain at the same school throughout their education. Boarding starts at the age of 10, in Year 6.

Pocklington School is accredited for the Forces Continuity of Education Allowance, this combined with our outstanding pastoral care, competitive fees, acceptance of childcare vouchers and a 10% discount for MOD boarders will allow many more serving parents and their children to join our kind, family friendly community.


Next steps: how to apply

Our Admissions Team would be delighted to answer any questions you may have or arrange a visit to the school:

For  admissions to Prep School, ages 2 - 11, and Pocklington School, ages 11- 18 please contact the Admissions Officer by email: or telephone: 01759 321200.

Our Admissions Team will support you at all stages of the application and admissions process arranging visits and/or taster days. They can also put you in touch with one of our existing Forces families so that you can have an informal chat.

Further Information

Guide to CEA

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