Detailed guide: Education overseas for service children

Ministry Of Defence

November 25
15:22 2020

Update 26 March 2020: A new DCYP COVID-19 webpage has been created for vital information and support for parents from DCYP.

All parents need to obtain educational clearance for their children, aged 0 to 18 years of age, before proceeding with a move overseas.

Prior to a service parents posting overseas, the needs of all service children will be assessed to ensure that the educational needs can be met, this process is part of the MODs Assessment of Supportability (MASO).

Ministry of Defence (MOD) Schools and Settings

MOD Schools and Settings are part of the Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP). MOD Schools and Settings provide education to the dependent children of service personnel and MOD entitled civilians, entitled contractors and fee payers. MOD Schools and Settings are predominantly overseas, with one school in Scotland. For information and guidance specifically for Queen Victoria School in Scotland, please see Education in the UK.

The diverse locations of our schools and the dedication of our staff ensure pupils engage in a rich and fulfilling curriculum whilst overseas. MOD Schools and Settings overseas mirrors the English education system including Ofsted inspections, assessments and examinations. This enables pupils to transition from our overseas schools and settings to UK based schools and nurseries with the minimum amount of disruption. We work closely with UK schools and local authorities to ensure information is shared to support the varying needs of pupils.

MOD schools and settings by location



St Davids Primary School (3 to 11 years)


Attenborough Early Years (0 to 3) (no website)
Attenborough Primary School (3 to 11 years)



Akrotiri Early Years Setting (0 to 3 years) (no website)
Akrotiri Primary School (3 to 11 years)

Ayios Nikolaos

Ayios Nikolaos Early Years Setting (0 to 3 years) (no website)
Ayios Nikolaos Primary School (3 to 11 years)


Dhekelia Early Years Setting (0 to 3 years) (no website)
Dhekelia Primary School (3 to 11 years)
King Richard Secondary School (11 to 19 years)


Episkopi Early Years Setting (0 to 3 years) (no website)
Episkopi Primary School (3 to 11 years)
St Johns Secondary School (11 to 19 years)



Treetops Early Years Setting (0 to 3 years) (no website)
Hornbill Primary School (3 to 11 years)



BFS Naples Primary School (3 to 11 years)



SHAPE Primary School (3 to 11 years)

Falkland Islands

Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant Primary School (2 to 11 years)


Europa Point

Sunflowers Early Years Setting (0 to 3 years) (no website)
St Christophers Early Years Foundation Stage (3 to 5 years)

The Netherlands


AFNORTH Primary School (3 to 11 years)

Non MOD school locations

Supporting childrens education in isolated detachment (ISODET) areas

There are many locations around the world where service personnel and their families may be posted, which are not served by an MOD school. Childrens education in these locations can either be provided by local state schools or by schools from the independent or international school sector.

As stated in JSP 342, Chapter 5, in countries where the first language is English, children accompanying their parents on assignments are expected to attend local state provided schooling, unless this is deemed inappropriate (either at an individual student level or more broadly incompatible with the UK education system). There are significant benefits associated with a student being immersed in the local education system, however there are occasions where the local education system is deemed inappropriate for the needs of students from the UK.

The decision whether a local state provided school system is appropriate is either made through the completion by the Global Education team in DCYP of an Educational Suitability Review (ESR) or through casework. This is submitted to DCYP by parents following conversations with their receiving command requesting schooling provided by the international or independent sector.

Parents are to complete their own research into the educational options in ISODET locations and may access previously completed Educational Suitability Reviews.

Parents may also contact the Global Education Team at DCYP via who can provide additional advice and guidance regarding educational options in ISODET locations.

Once parents have researched the educational provision in the new assignment location, they must complete and submit the Parental Declaration form (found in the travel pack issued by Families Section) to the Childrens Education Advisory Service (CEAS). If your child is attending an Early Year setting or is of school age, the Parental Declaration must be supported by an Education Overseas Supportability form (EOS) from your childs current school. The information on this form will either result in educational clearance being provided or prompt further investigation and/or further documentary evidence relating to the supportability of a child in the proposed assignment location.

Educational suitability reviews by location

If you would like the latest educational suitability reviews for any of the following locations, please contact the Childrens Education Advisory Service (CEAS).

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