Armed Forces FCDO Families & CEA Overview


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UK Forces Consultant Stacey Heartford

We provide school placement services for Armed Forces & FCDO Families, such as advising on the CEA if required. Wherever you’re based, our Forces and FCDO Education Consultant, Stacey Heartford, will guide you through the documentation, myths and provide answers to all your questions – such as knowing where to start. She offers FREE and impartial guidance.

As a military mum and wife, Stacey is acutely aware of the struggle faced by Forces families daily. She has lived in 8 locations world-wide and her young children have lived in 3 different countries and changed schools 4 times in the last 5 years. She understands the quirks of military life, postings, detachments and the reality of constantly moving children, leading to “awful gaps in education and disrupt the harmony of close childhood friendship ties.”

She knows the importance of connecting the children with the school that will make them feel most at home whilst their family home keeps on moving.

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Boarding Tasters available!

Uncertain that boarding school is right for your child? Tasters as well as Open Days are available.

Providing guidance & support

  • Assessing a child’s needs, academic/ sporting strengths and interests & finding the best match school
  • Understanding family preferences
  • Organising school visits
  • School admissions process
  • Send support requirements
  • CEA Allowance & budget advice
  • Tutor & interview skills

Watch Stacey’s boarding school mythbusting videos!

There are many common myths about boarding school for military families.

Discover Stacey’s 3 top tips


Although many schools offer incredible discounts, there could be hidden costs; so it is VITAL you know what you can afford before we begin your search.


Consider where in the UK you would like your school to be. Make sure you know what will make a school perfect for you and your child from its geographical location to its proximity to your next unit or a family member.


Make a list. Subjects, extracurricular activities, sports, and special educational needs. Would a large and vibrant or small and homely school suit your child best? And will it be Co- educational or single sex. List what is REALLY important for them to make it a perfect home from home.

Stacey’s Blog

Stacey is also a published children’s author and has also just launched her blog site When Home Keep Moving which will resonate with military families all over the world. Follow her blog here. See excerpts below.

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