Author Archives: Lucy Harris

Somerset’s first carbon neutral school

A new £7.3 million primary school planned for Taunton is set to become Somerset’s first net zero carbon school, and only the third ‘passivhaus’ school in the south west. The new 420-place primary school, which includes a 60-place nursery, will serve the Orchard Grove housing development in Comeytrowe and is needed to meet the expected […]

Pupil referral unit opens in Taunton

Work has been completed on a £2.85m Somerset County Council-funded project to refurbish and repurpose the Holway Centre in Taunton into a full occupation Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) for up to 35 children and young people aged five to 16. To celebrate the opening of the new unit, an open day is planned to take […]

Supporting women and helping to reduce the number of children in care

Work to support women who have repeatedly experienced having children removed from their care was highlighted at a recent event. Somerset County Council highlighted the work of its practice ‘Pause Somerset’ at the Nelson Trust Women’s Centre in Bridgwater, as part of an event to celebrate the work of the women-only space where a wide […]

Changes to Crewkerne and Ilminster schools to go ahead

Plans for major changes to protect the future delivery of education in the Crewkerne and Ilminster area will continue to progress following a High Court ruling. From September 2022, the area’s current three-tier school system will become a two-tier system with major changes including: Wadham School to become a secondary school. Maiden Beech, Ashlands, St […]

HRH The Princess Royal officially opens £6.85m new facility at Yeovil special school

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal today (Friday 22 October) officially opened the Sycamore Building at Fairmead School in Yeovil and toured the first-class facilities being enjoyed by students, staff and the local community. The new school building was made possible by an investment of £6.85m by Somerset County Council. Completed in the summer holiday […]

Survey launched to shape Somerset services and support for young carers

Young carers, and those who know them best, are invited to have their say in shaping and improving services across Somerset. Somerset County Council is inviting young carers, their parents/guardians, schools and other professionals working with young carers in Somerset to complete short anonymous surveys by Sunday 21 November in order to gain a better […]

Construction begins to expand Taunton special school

A ground-breaking ceremony was held on 4 October to officially mark the beginning of construction to expand Taunton’s Sky Academy. Sky Academy provides specialist educational and residential care for young people with complex social, emotional and learning difficulties. Somerset County Council has appointed construction company Willmott Dixon to deliver the project which will create a […]

Spotlight on cerebral palsy as Somerset landmarks lit in green

To mark World Cerebral Palsy Day yesterday (Wednesday 6 October), Somerset County Council and Chard Town Council lit up two landmark Somerset buildings in green. County Hall in Taunton and The Guildhall in Chard were illuminated at the request of Nicole Tucker, aged 24, a resident of Chard who works for Somerset County Council as […]

Bold & Brave shop opening in Taunton

A new shop which aims to help young people boost their employability and life skills is set to open in Taunton this week. The new social enterprise, called Bold & Brave, is the result of collaboration between Young Somerset and sen.se and can be found at 14 Riverside Place in Taunton. sen.se stands for ‘Special […]

Somerset Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme celebrates generous donation

A cheque worth £30,000 was officially presented by the Somerset Freemasons to the Somerset Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bursary Fund during a ceremony on Saturday, 17 September. The Somerset Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bursary Fund offers grants to enable disadvantaged young people in Somerset to complete a DofE programme. The event, which took place at […]