Monday, 24 July 2017

Queen Victoria School (QVS) Open Morning 2017

Our annual Open Morning is an opportunity for families interested in sending their children to the School to see around it, meet some pupils and some staff, ask questions and share their views, interests and any concerns.

This year’s Open Morning is on Saturday 16th September.

Visitors are welcome to arrive between 0900 hrs and 0930 hrs, during which time tea, coffee and juice will be served in the Theatre and members of the House staff, parents and pupils will be available to talk with visitors.

At 0930 hrs the Headmaster will welcome everyone and give a short talk about the School.   At this time you will be able to ask questions of him and other senior members of staff.  

At approximately 1000 hrs tour groups will set off around the School, led by senior staff and escorted by some of our pupils. The tours are fairly lengthy, designed to give visitors a chance to see most parts of the campus and to have the chance to talk with staff and pupils during the walk-around.  
The morning finishes with a very informal buffet lunch in Central Hall where the Headmaster will round off the morning by outlining very briefly the “next steps” if you intend to apply for Admissions Board 2018.

Although it is possible to accommodate visitors who arrive on the day without notice, it is very helpful if you can let us know beforehand that you intend to be with us for Open Morning. If you would like to join us on that occasion, please contact the Admissions Secretary, Mrs Ann Macfarlane, on +44 (0) 131 310 2927, or by post at Queen Victoria School, Dunblane FK15 0JY, Scotland.

Extended Childcare Entitlement - Overseas Locations


1.               In overseas locations the MOD provides services (or access to services) that, so far as is reasonably practicable, conform in type, scope and standard to that required by legislation in England (but paying due regard to the equivalent legislation in the Devolved Administrations).

2.               The 2006 Childcare Act provided for 15 hours of childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year for 3 and 4 year olds free of charge.  In overseas locations the MOD currently delivers this entitlement through places at MOD-provided settings or through access to the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.

3.         The 2016 Childcare Act provides for an extension of the current entitlement and offers an additional 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year of free childcare for children that are eligible, with effect from 1 September 2017.

4.         The additional 15 hours will be available to families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family) a minimum of 16 hours each per week. Parents each earning £100,000.00 or more do not qualify for the additional entitlement.


5.               The additional entitlement will be introduced by government on 1 September 2017 across England and is mirrored in MOD locations overseas, using the same eligibility criteria defined under the 2016 Childcare Act above.

6.               The additional entitlement has been trialled across England prior to the rollout on 1 September 2017. The MOD entitlement will not be backdated to include these periods.

7.               In overseas locations where the MOD-provided settings have sufficient capacity, the additional entitlement will be provided through those settings, free of charge. Free childcare cannot be claimed when using childminders or nannies.

8.               In overseas locations where there are no MOD-provided settings, or where MOD-provided settings lack sufficient capacity, the additional entitlement will be provided through the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.

9.               The entitlement applies to eligible Service Personnel and entitled Civilians only. The latter means UK Based Civil Servants posted overseas or Specially Recruited for Overseas Service. Fee-paying contractors cannot apply.


10.            The MOD currently delivers 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year free early education to all Regular Service Personnel, Reserve Personnel undertaking Full Time Reserve Service (Full Commitment) (FTRS FC) and entitled Civilians who are assigned overseas where they are accompanied by their eligible children, through places at MOD-provided settings or through access to the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.

11.            In order to be eligible for the additional 15 hours of free childcare each parent must be working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family) a minimum of 16 hours each per week. These limits are measured for eligibility purposes on average over a period of three months on a reasonable expectation basis.

12.            In order to be eligible for the additional 15 hours of free childcare, the maximum income per parent is £100,000.00 per annum.

13.            For Dependants working overseas who pay Income Tax to HMRC or devolved equivalents, confirmation of eligibility is required from their employer (DBS).

14.            For Dependants working overseas as Locally Engaged Civilians (LECs) not paying Income Tax to HMRC or devolved equivalents, it will be the responsibility of the local Command through the LEC employer or agency, to confirm their eligibility.

15.            Dependants working overseas on the local economy will be required to provide proof from their employer in order to confirm their eligibility.

16.            To ensure stability for children, parents and providers, the government has introduced a grace period should families cease to be eligible, before the existing entitlement is withdrawn.  This grace period will be mirrored, where reasonably practicable, by the MOD.

17.         If you currently qualify for the free 15 hours in an MOD-provided setting and fulfil the above eligibility criteria for the additional 15 hours entitlement, please complete Annex A to this DIN and forward to the address on the Application Form.

18.         If you qualify for MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance and fulfil the above eligibility criteria for the additional 15 hours entitlement, please complete Annex A alongside your application for MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance and forward to the address on the Application Form.


19        Please contact SO2 Policy, DCYP for further information on

Veterans Mental Health - Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service

NHS veterans’ mental health services now available for armed forces personnel approaching discharge

Information for patients


Armed forces personnel approaching discharge can now get treatment and support at NHS veterans’ mental health services across England and thereafter into their civilian life, whether this is months or years later. 


If you are experiencing mental health difficulties, these services can provide a range of treatment and support in close liaison with Defence Medical Services (DMS).  This includes recognising the early signs of mental health problems and providing access to early treatment and support, as well as therapeutic treatment for complex mental health difficulties and psychological trauma.  Patients are also provided with help, where appropriate, with employment, reduction in alcohol consumption, housing and social support. 


To access these services whilst you are still in the armed forces, you must meet the following criteria:


  • be a resident in England
  • have an identified or diagnosed mental health illness / disorder; AND
  • have a discharge date from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) or be found to be unfit for continued military service by their medical board; OR
  • have been identified by the Departments of Community Mental Health as requiring follow on psychiatric care on discharge from the MOD; OR
  • have had their pre-release medical and been identified by their DMS GP as requiring mental health transition support; OR
  • have had a pre-release medical before they self-refer.


If you wish to access these services once you are a veteran, you must meet the following criteria instead:


  • be a resident in England
  • have served in the UK armed forces for a full day
  • be registered with a GP practice in England or be willing to register with a GP
  • be able to provide your military service number or another form of acceptable proof of eligibility.


If you meet either of these criteria, you can self-refer or request referral via a health care professional or service charity


Upon receipt of referral, patients will be offered an initial face to face assessment within two weeks and where appropriate a clinical appointment two weeks thereafter. 

Do you need help?

To find out more, speak to your DMS GP or use the information below to get in contact with your local service.


                                                           North of England
(County Durham, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire)
Service contact
Contact number
Anna Burke
0191 441 5974


Midlands and East of England
(Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk)
Service contact
Contact number
Diane Palmer
0300 323 0137


London and South East England
(Greater London, Kent, Surrey, East Sussex and West Sussex)
Service contact
Contact number
Sue Ferrier
020 3317 6818


South Central and South West England
(Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly)
Service contact
Contact number
David Wilcox
(Gloucestershire, Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly)
0300 365 0300
Adele Stevens
(Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight)


Further information

Information on the service can be found on NHS Choices.

Hart Families Connect - workshops and courses for parents

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E-Learning Centres

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Summer full day care schemes

For children aged four to 11 years - four-year-olds need to be at full-time school.

Alderwood Leisure Centre playscheme

Alderwood Leisure Centre, Tongham Road, Aldershot, GU12 4AS

Tel: 01252 344438.

Children can take part in a range of sports, including badminton, short tennis, uni-hoc, kwik cricket, volleyball and football. There are also arts and crafts.
Children need to bring
You'll need to bring a packed lunch.
Times and charges
  • 8.30am to 5.30pm - £18 a child a day
  • 8.30am to 3.30pm - £16 a child a day


Farnborough Leisure Centre day camp

Farnborough Leisure Centre, Westmead, Farnborough, GU14 7EH

Tel:  01252 370411

Fun-filled day for children aged five to 12 years.
Times and charges
  • One-day pass - £22
  • Sibling day pass- £17
  • Full-week pass - £88
  • Sibling full-week pass- £68

Visit the Farnborough Leisure Centre playschemes website for more information.

Squirrels Holiday Fun Club

Priory Park Pavilion, Priory Street, Farnborough, GU14 7HX

Tel: 01252 378402.

Holiday club premises (answering machine) Tel: 07702 202921

For children aged three to 11 years.
What is provided
Healthy snacks and drinks are provided during the day.
Children need to bring
You'll need to bring a packed lunch
Times and charges
  • 8.30am - 6pm - £22 a day
  • 8.30am to 1pm - £15 a day
  • 9am to 12pm - £12.50 a day
  • 1pm to 4pm - £12 a day
  • 1pm to 6pm - £15 a day
Drop off at 8am will cost an extra £3 a day.
There is a discount if booked early. This is between £1.50 and £2 off the price a day.

For more information, see the Squirrels' website.

TGZ Holiday Club

Farnborough Grange Nursery and Community Infant School, Moor Road, Farnborough, GU14 8HW

Tel: 01252 541879 (between 9am - 3pm and term-time only)

For ages four to 12 years.
Activities include sports, arts, play and a variety of games.
Times and charges
  • Mornings only - 8.30am to 12.30pm - £10
  • Afternoons only - 1.30pm to 5.30pm - £10
  • Shorter day - 10am to 4pm - £15
  • Longer day - 8.30am to 5.30pm - £20. Pick ups may be arranged up to 6pm for an extra £2.50 a child.
  • Ten per cent discount if pre-booked and pre-paid for four longer days
  • Ten per cent discount per sibling
  • Twenty per cent discount if pre-paid for ten days of the summer holiday scheme

Princes Hall, Aldershot

For details, see the what's on section of the Princes Hall's website.

West End Centre, Aldershot

See the West End Centre website for information.

SCL holiday activities

SCL offers holiday courses for children aged four to 12. See the SCL holiday activities website for more information.

Surrey rock band holiday club

At Weybourne Infant School in Farnham, for children aged nine to 16. For more information please see the Surrey Rock Band Club website.
More information about playschemes
You'll find more information about playschemes and holiday activities on the following websites:

Carillionamey - the process for complaints about SFA services

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Rushmoor Community Lottery

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Living History Tours - 26th July to 3rd September

 For further information