Joining Us

As an MOD school we are well aware of the anxieties that mobility can have on our families and we work hard to ensure that our pupils settle in quickly. Every child who comes into our school is warmly welcomed and equally valued.

Admission to MOD Schools requires an Educational Clearance prior to a family posting overseas. Without Educational Clearance children cannot be admitted to an MOD school.

Please contact the Admissions Administrator using the following email dps.admission@modschools.org who will send you the relevant registration paperwork.

As part of this process, you will be required to complete a questionnaire, which will determine if your child requires any additional support for SEN or additional medical needs.

  • The Admissions Administrator will then request a PIP (Pupil Information Profile) to be completed by the child’s current school.
  • Once this information is gathered, it will be passed onto Mrs Anna Vrahimi, Assistant Headteacher (SENCO & Inclusion). If there are any special educational needs or medical needs, then Mrs Vrahimi will contact your child’s school and decide what support your child may need, before an Educational Clearance can be granted.
  • In some instances, we may require further advice whether a child’s needs can be met. In this instance, a MASO (MOD Assessment of Supportability Overseas) process will begin, which can take up to 8 weeks. The leaflet MASO Leaflet MOD Assessment of Supportability Overseas (MASO) – Information for Parents explains the process in detail.
  • Once an Educational Clearance has been granted and parents have registered their child, parents will book an appointment with the Transition/Admissions Administrator.
  • The Admission Administrator will arrange for an interview with the Headteacher and a date for starting school will be agreed.
  • Parents are asked to contact their child’s new teacher after 2 weeks to have a short interview.

Buddy systems are set up in each class.

Nursery (Foundation Stage 1)

Many children will have attended Dhekelia Early Years (crèche). There is close liaison between the Early Years Setting and our Foundation Stage 1 Staff. This results in a transition that is as smooth as possible. Meetings between parents and Foundation 1 staff and visits for children are part of this process. You will also receive a separate Foundation Stage 1 brochure before the transfer.

 Entry into Reception class (Foundation Stage 2)

There is a comprehensive liaison programme for the transfer of children from Foundation Stage 1 to Foundation Stage 2 (Reception). When they first start school children will attend school from 08:00-11:30. Entry may be staggered over one, two or three days in the first few days, according to the number of children to be admitted. Children will need to be collected by parents or carers at 11.30. Once they are in full time provision their timings will be 07.55 to 13.30.

Settling In

Most children settle in at DPS extremely well. The children at school are very supportive of new pupils and enjoy making them feel at home. Each new child will be allocated a special friend whose task it is to support your child during their first days at school.

However, we recognize the importance of preparing all children for movement and appreciate that this can be a difficult task. In order to support both our current and future parents, we have included the link below to Children’s Education Advisory Service dedicated website for mobility.

We hope that you will find this information useful and supportive.

Do I need to register my child with CEAS?

CEAS mission statement is:

‘To support operational effectiveness in the armed forces by enabling Service (and eligible MOD civilian) families to secure appropriate educational provision for their children in the UK and overseas.’

If your child has special or additional needs then, in line with JSP 820, you must register with the Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) and notify them of any proposed overseas assignment. A link to the CEAS website

You should register with CEAS if any of the following apply to your child:

Is your child on the special needs register?

If so is this at school action/ school action plus/ statement

Does your child have any medical conditions? e.g.

Epilepsy/diabetes/allergies
Hearing difficulties
Visual difficulties
Speech and language difficulties

Has your child seen any of the following people?

Speech and language therapist
Educational Psychologist
Occupational therapist
Physiotherapist
Paediatrician
Clinical Psychologist
Child and adolescent mental health worker (CAMHs)
Social worker
Educational welfare officer