To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding his Department allocated to the Continuity of Education Allowance to fund places at (a) Winchester College, (b) Eton College, (c) Rugby School, (d) Stowe School, (e) Ampleforth College, (f) Millfield School, (g) Charterhouse School, (h) Gordonstoun School, (i) The King’s School, Canterbury, and (j) Harrow School in 2021-22.
Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) assists Service personnel to achieve continuity of education for their children that would otherwise be denied in the state-maintained day school sector due to the mobility of their family because of consecutive assignments. CEA is available to all Service personnel, irrespective of rank, subject to them satisfying the qualifying criteria. Service personnel may select from a wide variety of schools across the UK from within the independent and state-maintained sectors that meet set criteria. Each claimant is required to contribute at least 10 per cent of the fees at independent schools.
o Academic Year 2020-21: Primary £5,969 and Secondary £7,828; o Academic Year 2021-22: Primary £6,096 and Secondary £7,847;
During FY 2021-22, the cost to defence of CEA was £81.3 million, for which 4,700 children benefited.
During FY 2021-22, the cost to Defence of CEA in respect of the stipulated schools was as follows:
Charterhouse School, Godalming
Eton College - Windsor
Gordonstoun School - Elgin
Millfield School - Street
Rugby School - Rugby
Stowe School - Buckingham
Winchester College - Winchester
King's School - Canterbury