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Cash for Moray schools from MoD fund

Press release   •   Jan 19, 2016 15:15 GMT

A number of schools in Moray are set to benefit from the Ministry of Defence’s education support fund.

They will receive £110,000 from the fund which was set up to help with projects and initiatives in local schools whose pupils include children of service personnel.

Moray Council – which has RAF Lossiemouth and Kinloss Barracks within its area – has had five separate applications approved in the latest round of bidding.

Elgin Academy and its feeder primaries have been awarded £50,000 which will part-fund a team of professionals to help support pupils of military families, while Elgin High School and its feeder primaries will receive £21,000 to initiate a Lego-based emotional support service for pupils.

It is the first time that schools in Elgin have been successful in applying to the fund.

Lossiemouth High School has been awarded £3000 towards a project which prepares pupils for the workplace, while Hythehill Primary in Lossiemouth has bid successfully for £11,000 to further develop the success of last year’s funding to integrate a nurture early learning agenda into all classrooms..

Moray Council is also to be awarded £25,000 which will fund the appointment of a home/school link worker for service families across the area.

The funding was welcomed by Councillor George Alexander, vice-chairman of the council’s children and young people’s services committee.

“It is particularly welcome at a time of tight budgets and increasing demand on services for military families,” he said.

“These schools have a range of very worthwhile initiatives which this funding will support.”

A spokesman for RAF Lossiemouth said the base was delighted to act as unit sponsor for the applications.

“The allocation of five grants locally reflects the very strong commitment of the local education authority and schools to respond to the needs of service children in innovative and creative ways.

“We look forward to continuing working closely with the schools as they support our families and would encourage any establishment which has not yet considered an application to the MoD education support fund to get their thinking caps on as the final funding round will open for applications in early summer.”

The point of contact at RAF Lossiemouth for all applications is community development officer Sarah Riley-Evans who can be contact at

Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 92,500 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

Headquartered in  Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.

Comments (3)

    Yet we in lossiemouth are loosing our forces support/ youth worker who works with our children when one of their parents is deployed, so many children and families will lose out if this post is taken away I have seen the positive work this role provides and the help and support that is felt by the children, I hope the role is backed to stay for our children's sake as it is always stressed it's about getting it right for all our children and providing services that are needed not presumed not needed.......

    - Jeni johnston - Jan 19, 2016 23:50 GMT

    I am a serving member of the RAF, I have two children at Milnes High in Fochabers is this school benefiting from this initiative?

    - Tam - Jan 23, 2016 11:00 GMT

    Hi Tam, Thanks for your comment
    Part of the package is to provide a support worker to cover the whole area, so yes your family will benefit. The fund is open to all schools to apply for support. The schools that received support for specific projects in this round had applied.

    - peter jones - Jan 23, 2016 14:46 GMT

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