Contact the School Liaison Office for more information.
DoDEA on base schooling is the most common approach, but a second option is the British school system, and alternatively you may wish to home-school your children.
Carry children’s shot records and school records with you to ease the transition into school.
Consider British schools fill up quickly; they don’t grant American holidays off, and the system is different to the states. The school year starts in early September and ends mid-July, and transportation is typically not provided. Uniforms are required. Reception (like kindergarten) starts the September following their 4th birthday (the academic year in which your child turns 5 years old).
You may be fined if taking children out of school for holidays that are not coordinated or approved in advance. Suggest talking to the headteacher, look at their website online (including the OFSTED report) and visit before deciding on a school.
School Liaison Office
Commercial +44 (0)1638 52 5077/5078
Each installation provides information about the types of schools and programs offered on or near your installation for your child. Learn about the types of programs, guidelines and requirements for each school. Whether you choose to send your child to a Department of Defense School, a private school or public school, your installation can help you explore all of your options to make the right decision for you and your child.
For your convenience, access the School Liaison Office newcomer's briefing link here.
There are three basic avenues for educating school-age children while you are stationed at RAF Mildenhall - DoDEA, British schools or homeschooling. Consider school bus routes when you are looking for a house, as there may only be one bus stop in the village where you choose to live.
There are no DoDEA schools located on RAF Mildenhall. The Department of Defense operates five schools serving members based at RAF Lakenheath, RAF Feltwell and RAF Mildenhall. These schools are located on RAF Lakenheath and RAF Feltwell and are part of DoDEA Europe West District.
Feltwell Elementary School
K - 5
Commercial +44 (0)1638-52-7003/7004
Lakenheath Elementary School
PSCD, Sure Start, K - 5
Commercial +44 (0)1638-52-3721
Lakenheath Intermediate School
Grade 4 - 5
Commercial +44 (0)1638-52-2358/5935
Lakenheath Middle School
Grade 6 - 8
Commercial +44 (0)1638-52-7006/7007
Lakenheath High School
Grade 9 - 12
Commercial +44 (0)1638-52-3117/3115
For detailed information on Education and Learning in Britain, the UK Government public service website is a good place to start. If you are considering the option of sending your child to a British school contact the School Liaison Office for frequently asked questions that will help you make a decision.
You can home-school your children while you are in the UK. Home-schooling parents can elect to have their child attend select classes within the DoDEA school system on a part-time basis. Also, students can participate in "extra-curricular and auxiliary services." Please contact the school for specific requirements. If you would like more information on local home-school groups, please contact the School Liaison Office.
Homeschooling can be a logical choice for families in the military, providing a stable environment in the midst of frequent change. Here in the UK, you are permitted to home-school without registering with the base or with a state or county, with the exception of children who are dis-enrolled from British schools, who will then be tracked by their local county council elective home education office. Although it is not required to register with a base or a state, it is highly recommended to follow the guidance or curriculum set by your home-of-record or another state. Also, it is advisable to follow an accredited homeschool program to ensure transferability and recognition of credits.
Here is the link to the Homeschool Flyer, brought to you by the RAF Lakenheath/Mildenhall and RAF Alconbury/Molesworth School Liaison Offices.
- National Home Education Research Institute
- Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)
- Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission
- Home School Association for Military Families
- Free Online Tutoring for Military Students
- Military One Source
School Liaison Office (SLO)
The RAF Lakenheath School Liaison Officer (SLO) is a community facilitator: connecting schools, families, and community services to address education issues impacting military children. The School Liaison provides a wide variety of services in include, but not limited to:
- Advises Installation Commander on matters relating to schools and military child education
- Promotes Communication and Collaboration between schools, military organizations, community services, students, and parents
- Assists to resolve issues when they cannot be resolved through the proper chain of command
- Provides information on the Free and Reduced School Lunch Program, school enrollment, and school advisory councils
- Provides transition assistance and information for families moving to (base)
- Provides outbound referral information about schools and SLO contact for your gaining installation
One of the strengths of the School Liaison program is connections. USAFE SLOs work together to provide consistent support for families and students throughout Europe.
In addition, they are connected to the broader network of multi-service SLOs around the world. So, no matter where your military service takes you next, they are able to help your family make a positive school transition. USAFE SLOs are connected to a wide array of resources supporting you and your family-wherever Military & Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 950.
School Liaison Office
Commercial +44 (0)1638 52 5077/5078
School Liaisons can also provide families with educational resources such as:
- EFMP and developmental intervention resources
- Child & Youth Behavioral Program led by MFLCs
- Elementary and Adolescent Support Counselors
There are three basic avenues for educating school-age children while you are stationed at RAF Lakenheath or RAF Mildenhall - Department of Defense Dependent Schools Education Activity (DoDEA), British Education System or Home Schooling. The School Liaison Officer, who is located on RAF Lakenheath, is available to provide support and information related to dependent child education.
School Registration at Department of Defense Education Activity -Europe (DoDEA-E)
School Registration is an annual requirement by DoD Regulation to determine continued eligibility for school enrollment. Accurate and complete school enrollments assist Principals and district Superintendents in projecting appropriate resources to support the coming school year. School Principals across Europe work diligently to ensure the annual registration process is efficient and customer service oriented.
There is no need to enroll within DoDEA prior to your arrival. However, if you choose, you can pre-register new students at http://www.dodea.edu/Europe/enrollment/index.cfm, but you will still need to visit the school in person upon arrival to complete registration. Also, it would be beneficial to print out a copy of your online registration to have with you when you arrive. When you arrive on base, the sponsor should call the school registrar to find-out the best day and time to stop-by the school to take care of school registration. In order to finalize registration, bring a copy of the sponsor's orders, student records (if you hand-carried) and current immunization records to the school.
DoDEA-Early Years Entrance Requirements
DoDEA Early Childhood Education programs age requirements for entrance in all DoD Schools are:
- Sure Start, a child must be 4 years of age by September 1.
- Kindergarten Programs, a child must be 5 years of age by September 1.
- First Grade, a child must be 6 years of age by September 1.
|Lakenheath Elementary School/K-3||RAF Lakenheath|
|Feltwell Elementary School/K-5||RAF Feltwell|
|Liberty Intermediate School/4-5||RAF Lakenheath|
|Lakenheath Middle School/6-8||RAF Feltwell|
|Lakenheath High School/9-12||RAF Lakenheath|
The Department of Defense operates five schools serving members based at RAF Lakenheath, RAF Feltwell and RAF Mildenhall. There are no schools on RAF Mildenhall. RAF Lakenheath has the following: Lakenheath Elementary School (Kindergarten through 3rd Grade); Liberty Intermediate School (4th and 5th Grades) and Lakenheath High School (9th through 12th Grade). RAF Feltwell (which is 11 miles from RAF Lakenheath), has Feltwell Elementary School (Kindergarten through 5th Grade), and Lakenheath Middle School (6th through 8th Grade). Because there are multiple elementary schools, elementary students are assigned to a school based on the catchment area of their residence. These schools are part of the DoDEA Europe -West District and space is required for military dependents traveling on command sponsored orders.
Before and After School Programs
To apply for a space at the RAF Mildenhall Youth Program, please go to www.militarychildcare.com. Refer to Child Care Topic article for information about before and after school programs.
If you are considering the option of sending your child to a British school, contact the School Liaison Office for frequently asked questions that will help your decision-making. For detailed information on Education and Learning in Britain, the UK Government public service website https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education will provide you a good place to start. All British Schools are inspected on a regular basis. You can view the Ofsted Inspection reports online. A useful website to look for schools within your catchment area is the https://www.gov.uk/school-performance-tables. It is important to start researching the British School system and registration requirements prior to your move so you can act quickly once you have your UK address established.
British schools are different from American schools. They typically begin younger (around age 4 in Reception), and they have a more year-round school calendar. Summer is usually 6 weeks long and during that time, school staff are unavailable. Transportation is not typically provided for British schools. If your child(ren) has special needs, please contact the School Liaison Office and/or the Exceptional Family Member Program Family Support Coordinator to discuss base service availability and insurance implications.
British School Registration
Registration for British Schools is completed through your local county council. There are 3 counties in our area: Suffolk, Norfolk, and Cambridgeshire. Most British schools are very welcoming to American families. If possible, you should try to visit the schools you are considering in person prior to submitting your application. If you need help filling out the Registration paperwork, you can contact the local county authority or the School Liaison Office for assistance.Suffolk: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/school-places/Norfolk: http://www.schools.norfolk.gov.uk/School-administration/index.htm Early Education Grant Program
All 3 and 4-year olds are eligible for 15 hours of free early education per week in the UK. This applies until they reach compulsory school age (the term following their 5th birthday). The early education can take place in British nurseries, play groups, preschools or with childminders. You have to find a nursery that accepts the grant and they are available only when school is in session. Please feel free to contact Family Information Service in the county you are residing in, links for these can be found here. You can also use these sites to search for schools in your area:
To apply for this program, you should visit the school in person with your child(ren). The school staff will help you fill out the grant paperwork and forward it along to the county on your behalf before the next deadline so they can receive payment.
The school lunch program is operated by AAFES. Once registered as a DoDEA student, you can establish your child’s school lunch account at the BX customer service counter upon arrival. Also, school meals follow USDA guidelines and families can apply to and qualify for the Free or Reduced School Lunch Program, complete an online application.
School Bus Transportation
The DoDEA School Buses are contracted through local commercial transportation companies. Registration for new students takes place year -round. If you would like for your children to ride the DoDEA School Bus, please be sure to live in a town or village that receives DoDEA bus service. If you have any questions, the bus office can be contacted at DSN 314-226-7013 or COMM 00-44-1638-527013. The towns and villages serviced by DoDEA transportation can change year-to-year, but generally, the closer you live to the base area, the more likely you are to retain service.
Important School Links/Phone Numbers
- Liberty Intermediate School: DSN 314-226-2258, COMM 00-44-1638-52-2258/5935
- Lakenheath Middle School: DSN 314-226-7007, COMM 00-44-1638-52-7006/7007
- Lakenheath Elementary School: DSN 314-226-3721, COMM 00-44-1638-52-3721
- Feltwell Elementary School: DSN 314-226-7003/7004, COMM 00-44-1638-52-7003/7004
- Lakenheath High School: DSN 314-226-3117/3115, COMM 00-44-1638-52-3117/3115
Before Arrival Topics
- Start 100th PCS
- Getting Started
- Command Sponsorship
- EFMP Screening
- Passports & Visas
- Book Lodging
- Book Travel
- Traveling with Pets
- Shipping Household Goods
- Shipping Vehicle
- Set Up Overseas P.O. Box
- Child Care & Youth Programs Prep
- School Registration Prep
- Legal Services
- Cell Phones & Keeping in Touch
- Credit Cards