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Planning Approval Granted to Somerset’s First Net Zero School

Last month, planning permission was granted for the new primary school at the Orchard Grove development in Taunton.  The school will serve the new community, with capacity for 420 pupils and 52 nursery places, and room to expand to accommodate an additional 210 children. An investment of £11.3 million has been secured to build the […]

Starting or transferring to a new school in 24/25? Last chance to have your say in the school admissions consultation

Somerset County Council have asked the people of Somerset to have their say on the proposed admissions criteria changes for Somerset schools, including some academies, for 2024/25 and now are the last few days for comments to be submitted. When changes are made to the admissions arrangements, schools have a statutory duty to make them […]

Somerset’s young leaders invited to House of Commons

Somerset’s Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) have visited the House of Commons to raise awareness of the issues young people are most concerned about. Somerset’s young people were represented by: Taking over the House of Commons Chambers for the day, the Somerset trio joined other MYPs from all over the country, hosted by the Speaker, […]

Somerset County Council gets to work on play at packed Bridgwater conference

A conference exploring the way different environments can help children play has been hosted in Bridgwater, bringing together teachers, childminders, and education professionals specialising in children’s early years. Hosted by Somerset County Council’s Early Years team, the ‘Environments – Make a Difference’ conference took place at Canalside Conference Centre and attracted 140 professionals from across […]

£8.6 million investment in Crewkerne and Ilminster School

 Crewkerne and Ilminster schools are in the final phase of £8.6 million of major building and improvement works, finishing in time for the new school year in September 2023. The combined efforts of school leaders, governors and staff, Bridgwater & Taunton College Trust, the Somerset County Council team and excellent local contractors saw major building […]

School time capsule marks an eco-build first for Somerset climate strategy

Pupils from St Dunstan’s School in Glastonbury have marked a significant step in eco- building by burying a time capsule on the site of their new Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) base, the first of its kind in Somerset. The new ASC school building on the site of St Dunstan’s School is the first educational building […]

Somerset hosts trailblazing conference to tackle child exploitation

Somerset County Council hosted a trailblazing multi-agency conference in Taunton last week, sharing best practice on combating Child Exploitation. Guests included the NHS, police, social workers and Representatives from the voluntary sector. Somerset’s specialist exploitation Social Workers opened the conference, sharing their experiences of  working as part of a multi-agency team to help young people recognise when they are being used or exploited and how to find […]

Somerset Children and Young People’s Services celebrates “Good” Ofsted rating – “Rightly proud of the significant progress it has made…”

Somerset’s Children and Young People’s Services have been rated as “Good” across the board in a review of the service by national regulator Ofsted. Ofsted inspectors visited Somerset County Council in July 2022 and looked in detail at the work of the Council with those in care, care leavers and children and families with a […]

Former Misterton School site given green light to continue supporting Somerset young people

The former Misterton school site has been given the green light to help up to 15 Somerset vulnerable children and young people improve their educational and life outcomes after a Somerset County Council key decision made today (5 August). Somerset County Council, in partnership with the Diocese of Bath and Wells, is working to support […]

Could you help a young person in their time of need?

Volunteers are needed to support young people in care, providing friendship and advice to help them through times of need. Somerset County Council is appealing for more Route 1 Advocacy and Independent Visitors. These are adult volunteers who help young people in a number of ways – from providing fun and building happy childhood memories, […]