Skip to content
Recruiting now.Explore navy careers

Special award for Devonport High school for Boys’ teacher

12 April 2022
A teacher from Devonport High School for Boys (DHSB) in Plymouth, has been recognised for his work with Students from Armed Services families, with a special award from Commodore Peter Coulson ADC, Naval Base Commander Devonport.

Kevin Mitchell was presented with the Naval Base Commander’s Commendation by Cdre Coulson at one of the regular breakfast clubs, held each half term, organised by himself and Family Support Advisor for DHSB, Lorna Taylor.  

In total, around 100 students at the school have a close family member who is currently serving or who has recently served in the Armed Forces. These gatherings have found to be a great way to make connections and provide support for the students.

Commodore Coulson said, “It’s a real pleasure to present this Commendation today. Being a Service parent, away from your children is often difficult – but it is just as challenging for the parents and children left at home. I have seen first-hand the contribution that Kevin makes to the welfare of Service children. 

“Small things, like sports afternoons on a Friday, or parents’ evenings on a Thursday can make all the difference to Service parents getting back from duties to attend these important events. But when you can’t, knowing there is someone like Kevin looking out for their welfare is a huge help. This commendation is just a small way to say a very big thank you on behalf of Service children and parents at DHSB”

The breakfasts are very informal and are a chance for Kevin to talk to the students, welcome any newcomers and ask if anyone has a parent who is away at the moment. He usually includes a quiz and activities that will bond the group and get students talking with others in the same situation. They are also a good opportunity to offer support with likeminded students, and meet any special requirement for individuals, if needed. 

Dan Roberts, Headteacher said, “Mr Mitchell’s support is a light touch and is offered over and above the pastoral support provided by the school to all our students.

“Our students value the support that Mr Mitchell provides; many who have moved through the school have commented that they have appreciated the support and guidance that he has offered during their time, and always knew that if they needed anything then he wouldn’t hesitate to help them.”

Related articles

Navy News

Direct from the front-line, the official newspaper of the Royal Navy, Navy News, brings you the latest news, features and award winning photos every month.