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Service Children

Service Children's Education (SCE) is an organisation of the United Kingdom government responsible for the education of the children of service 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.

SCE was headquartered in Wegberg, Germany, until 2012, before moving briefly to JHQ Rheindahlen until that base closed, too, in 2013. 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.


Education for children of military personnel was previously the responsibility of the British Families Education Service (BFES) and the War Office.[1] Historically a schoolmistress (Queen's Army Schoolmistresses) was specially trained and employed to teach these children until the post was abolished in favour of schools which were operated more like mainstream schools back in the UK.


Schools follow the English National Curriculum, administer national assessments and public examinations, and are inspected by Her 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 Germany and Cyprus 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).


  • Bielefeld School, Bielefeld
  • Bishopspark First School, Paderborn
  • Haig School, Gütersloh
  • Heide School, Fallingbostel
  • Lister Primary School, Herford
  • Montgomery School, Hohne
  • Oxford Primary School, Münster
  • Robert Browning School, Paderborn
  • Shackleton School, Fallingbostel
  • Sir John Mogg Primary School, Detmold
  • Slim School, Bergen
  • St David's Primary School, Ramstein
  • Weser School, Hameln
  • William Wordsworth First School, Sennelager







Former Schools


Secondary schools
  • Kent School, Hostert (boarding school)
  • Windsor Boy's School, Hamm (boarding school)
  • Windsor Girl's School, Hamm (boarding school)
  • Windsor School, formerly Queen's School, Rheindahlen (Closed, 19 July 2013)
Primary schools

Ark Primary School, Germany - JHQ Rheindahlen

Hong Kong

Primary schools
  • Alexandra Junior School
  • Changi Junior School
  • Pasir Panjang Junior School
  • Seletar Junior School
  • Tengah Junior School
Infants schools
  • Tanglin Infants School

See also


  1. ^ Institute of Education Archives Subject Guide No. 4 Post-War Reconstruction
  2. ^ "SCE Schools - Germany". Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "SCE Schools - Cyprus". Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. 
  4. ^ SHAPE International School - British Section
  5. ^ "SCE Schools - Rest of the world". Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. 

External links

  • Official website
  • SCE Schools
  • Archives - IOE
  • "Get fell in, you lot!".  
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