Why our military connection is so important here at Risedale School:
Risedale School has one of the largest proportions of service children (over 40%) of any secondary school in the UK. This military connection is an essential part of the school’s distinctive character. It is expected to expand to between 600 and 800 pupils over the next decade as the population of Catterick Garrison increases and becomes a ‘Super Garrison’. Links with the Armed Forces are strong and to support our service pupils and families we have two dedicated members of staff Helen Porritt and Ewan Thomson our Service Children Advocates.
Your Service Children Advocates here at Risedale:
Helen Porritt and Ewan Thomson have known each other and worked together at Risedale for many years and their combined experience, skills and enthusiasm complement each other greatly. The role of Service Children Advocate is one that they both feel very strongly about, and as a school, Risedale is very proud that they are there to support the needs of our service ps and their families. They are a strong team and as is often the case, 'what one doesn't know, the other one does!'