Author Archives: azdoyle

Make mischief at Somerset libraries

All Somerset’s libraries are inviting children to become Mischief Makers in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, celebrating the 80th anniversary of The Beano. Starting in Somerset libraries from tomorrow (Saturday 14 July), all children have to do is visit their local library and sign up to read six books throughout the summer. As they read each […]

Council’s customer contact centre is best in South West – it’s official!

Somerset County Council’s Customer Service team has been crowned the best customer contact centre of its size in the region. Triumphing over tough opposition from across the public and private sectors, Somerset Direct netted the South West Contact Centre of the Year Award. As well as being crowned the best in the South West, Somerset […]

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Facing the financial challenge

  Financial sustainability is the top priority, key councillors at Somerset County Council heard this week. On Monday a meeting of the authority’s Cabinet received an update on finances and projected budget pressures for the rest of the financial year. Leader of the Council, Councillor David Fothergill, made it clear that while there are big […]

Interested in one of the most important jobs in the world?

Somerset County Council is promoting career opportunities in the early years and childcare sector. People who work with our youngest children, supporting and inspiring them have some of the most important jobs in the world. Somerset needs more people to work in the early years and childcare sector so we can provide more places and […]

“Nationally renowned” Brookside Academy scoops top awards

A Somerset primary school has claimed two national awards from the prestigious Times Educational Supplement. Brookside Academy in Street won the Alternative Provision and Community & Collaboration awards at the TES Awards ceremony in London. The awards recognise its great provision for children with complex and profound Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities TES said that […]

Search is on for Somerset’s unsung heroes – can you help?

Do you know somebody who should be celebrated for their work with children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and their families? Do you know a child or young person who has inspired you in the way they have overcome challenges? If so, Somerset County Council’s SEND Participation Team wants to hear from you as […]

Fun and support for children, young people and their families

A free day of fun activities for children with Special Educational Needs and/or a disability and their families will be taking place in Street next month. Somerset County Council’s Short Breaks Team is putting on the free Family Fun Day on Saturday 7 July at Brookside Academy on Brooks Road, with activities including circus skills, […]

New £3 million education facility for vulnerable pupils opens its doors

Pupils and staff at a purpose-built school for vulnerable young people in Somerset celebrated its official opening this week. Work on the new £3 million Tor School, a Pupil Referral Unit and Medical Tuition Centre  in Glastonbury, was completed earlier this year and it is now fully operational. Pupils and staff welcomed visitors for a […]

Handover completed on new £7m primary school in Yeovil

Work has finished on a brand new Somerset County Council-funded state-of-the-art primary school in Yeovil. The 14-class Kingfisher Primary School in Lufton boasts fantastic facilities for pupils and the local community and will meet the growing demand created by new housing developments and the rising birth rates. Students will be transferring to the new site […]

Multi-million pound Council school projects given go-ahead

A new £7 million primary school and £9 million expansion to a special school, are a step closer after plans were approved this week (14 June). Funded by Somerset County Council, they are part of the biggest school building and improvements programme for generations – a £140 million  investment in children and young people – […]