Author Archives: Emily Worthington

Children say thank you to social workers

Two Children’s Social Care workers from Somerset have been honoured for their outstanding work with children and young people in the county. Maxine Morgan, a Social Worker based in the Mendip area, and Kerry Waters, a Leaving Care Worker based in South Somerset, were both presented with the Children’s Worker of the Year Award last […]

Secondary school admissions rise

Over 97 per cent of Somerset’s children were offered a Secondary School place at one of their top three school choices, figures released by Somerset County Council show today. This is a slight increase on last year’s figure of 96.9 per cent – despite an increase in applications. This year Somerset County Council received 4,517 […]

Proposals to expand Ilminster school – have your say

Parents and the local community are invited to comment proposals to relocate an Ilminster school. The plans to move and expand Greenfylde First School have been announced by Somerset County Council in order to meet the expected demand for school places in the area. At the moment the school is located on Silver Street and […]

Ofsted finds that outcomes for Somerset children are improving

Somerset County Council’s services for vulnerable children and young people are improving, according to the latest feedback from Ofsted. The letter from inspectors follows a ‘monitoring visit’ last month which looked at how the authority works with children and young people in need of help and protection. It identifies areas of strength and areas where […]

Somerset’s successful second bid to train new children’s social workers

A partnership of South West local authorities led by Somerset County Council has successfully bid for Government funding to train a further 49 children’s social workers. The Government’s Step Up to Social Work programme encourages graduates with experience of working with children and young people to train for social work. Student social workers are placed […]

Grant boost for Somerset youth clubs

Somerset County Council has granted over £72,000 to 22 youth clubs across the County to help run popular activities. The grants from the County Council are being matched by over £151,000 in locally raised funding and hundreds of hours in volunteers’ time – all for the benefit of Somerset’s young people. Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet […]

Bus route funding extended

  Emergency County Council funding for a Wells to Burnham bus service is being extended until July so work on a community-funded replacement can continue. Emergency funding for the 67 service has been in place since the collapse of Webberbus last year. It ends on 4 March but constructive discussions have been ongoing between parishes, […]

Somerset success in school league tables

Somerset’s young people have fared well in Government rankings which compare GCSE results from 5,000 schools across the country. New measures introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) show that Somerset’s schools demonstrate strong performance in a number of areas. Somerset scored the highest in the South West and in the top third nationally for […]

Reminder for would-be County Councillors to come forward

Passionate people interested in standing for Somerset County Council’s elections in May are invited to attend welcome events taking place on 30 January and 1 March from 6pm to 8pm at County Hall. Held at County Hall in Taunton, the welcome events will be a chance to find out more about the role of a […]

Statement about the Stroke Association

“The range of support available to stroke patients, their families and carers has improved since this service was started in 2008. “We are confident that other services now available – for example Health Coaches, Health Connections and a county-wide carers service – will be able to meet the needs of those currently being supported by […]