Finding schools and child care in England
Finding the right schools and child care arrangements to fit your family's needs can be stressful enough in the States. Add in an OCONUS PCS to England, and you might be feeling even more overwhelmed. To help ease your frustration, we have compiled a list of Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) locations and Childcare Development Centers in the UK to help you in your search.
DODEA in England
When you receive orders for England, you should contact the school where your child is currently enrolled to start making arrangements.
Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) in England fall under the Isles District, an administrative region that covers the U.K. and several schools in continental Europe. If your children play sports, they will likely travel to mainland Europe at some point for matches.
RAFs Lakenheath, Feltwell, Alconbury, Croughton and Menwith Hill have at least one school. RAF Mildenhall does not have any schools on base and relies on nearby RAFs Lakenheath and Feltwell for government schooling.
If you are assigned to RAF Lakenheath, Mildenhall or Feltwell, where you live will determine what school your child attends. Contact school officials for more information about this.
Isles District Office
- DSN: 314-226-7234
- Commercial: 01638-52-7234
Alconbury Elementary School (K–5th)
- DSN: 314-268-4360
- Commercial: 011-44-1480-84-4360
Alconbury Middle/High School (6th–12th)
- DSN: 011-44-1480-84-4360
- Commercial: 01480-84-4400
Croughton Elementary School (K–6th)
- DSN: 314-236-8490
- Commercial: 011-44-1869-810613
Feltwell Elementary School (K–5th)
- DSN: 314-226-7003
- Commercial: 01638-52-7003
Lakenheath Middle School (6th-8th)
- DSN: 314-226-7006/7/8
- Commercial: 011-44-1638 527006
Lakenheath Elementary School (K-3rd)
- DSN: 226-3721/3674
- Commercial: 011-44-1638-523721/53267
Liberty Intermediate School (4th-5th)
- DSN: 314-226-2258/5935
- Commercial: 011-44-1638-522258
Lakenheath High School (9th-12th)
- DSN: 314-226-3115/6/7
- Commercial: 011-44-1638-523115/6/7
Children can also attend English schools. Check with your local school liaison officer for more information.
Child Development Centers
For single parents or for couples where both work, the availability of care at a Child Development Center (CDC) can be essential. CDCs offer childcare for kids who are too young for school, as well as before- and after-school care for older children.
As one CDC representative put it, the CDCs are often completely booked, so try to register as soon as you receive your orders. Fill out a DD Form 2606 and contact the appropriate office for your new base.
RAF Alconbury Child Development Center
- Serves RAFs Alconbury and Molesworth
- DSN: 314-268-3212
- Commercial: 01480-84-3212
RAF Croughton Child Development Center
- DSN: 314-236-8420
- Commercial: 01280-70-8420
RAF Lakenheath Child Development Centers
- DSN: 314-226-3285
- Commercial: 01638-52-3285
- DSN: 314-226-5812
- Commercial: 01638-52-5812
RAF Menwith Hill Child Development Center
- DSN: 314-262-7890
- Commercial: 01423-777-890
RAF Mildenhall Child Development Center
- DSN: 314-238-2042
- Commercial: 01638-54-2042