IN Army&You’s summer edition we’ve explored what’s available at Service Children’s Schools overseas (page 44). We spoke to Dan Browning, executive principal for the Federation of St John’s and King Richard Schools in Cyprus, and he told us about his experience of working in the SCE school system…
“I arrived in Cyprus in September last year having previously worked in a large secondary school in England. The first thing that struck me was the opportunities offered to the students at St John’s and King Richard Schools because of the small class sizes.
“I was used to seeing 34 young people in a class in the UK and the first time I walked around to see students at work, I saw class sizes of approximately 15 students or less, I remember feeling bowled over by the individual attention that was being given to each learner.”
Although over an hour apart, both schools share the same core values of excellence, learning and leadership, with 340 Service children, aged 11-18, following the UK curriculum.
Dan explained: “Pupils are taught by a highly experienced group of teachers, supported by dedicated support staff; all of whom are passionate about delivering the very best education for Service Children.”
Dan and his family have quickly settled into the Mediterranean lifestyle and BFC community. Dan added: “I have appreciated the support and friendliness of the community and I take every opportunity to reiterate that our schools are here for one reason; to deliver outstanding learning for Service children and give them the best educational experience possible.
If you are posted to Cyprus and want to know more about the schooling, contact the AFF Cyprus team via www.aff.org.uk