History of Forces Children Education Trust
Changing patterns of service caused the Home to cease offering education at various times, and girls were sent to local schools while continuing to live on site. The old buildings were demolished in the 1960s to make way for what was at the time a modern 5 storey building with state of the art accommodation. In 1987 the school was renamed the Royal School Hampstead, and the charter was changed to admit daughters from all 3 Armed Services, and local civilian pupils.
Over recent years the pattern of service life has meant that fewer and fewer girls from service families attended the school and, in a change of strategy during 2011, the Trustees received permission from the Charity Commissioners to alter the way they would meet their objectives. They achieve this by ceasing to run a school, but lease the buildings and site to an educational provider in order to use the rent received from this to make grants. This change occurred in 2011, and the school in Hampstead is now run by Cognita. The Trust receives rental income which is available for grants in the coming years.
In 2016, The RSH Trust was renamed as Forces Children Education Trust and then Armed Forces Education Trust in 2017.