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Nine in 10 children offered first secondary school choice

More than 98 per cent of Somerset children were offered a secondary school place at one of their top three choices, the County Council’s latest school admission statistics show. Figures just released show that 93.56 per cent received their first choice compared to 94.18 per cent in 2019. Overall, the figures show 98.19 per cent […]

Somerset Music inspires children to hit the high notes

Learning a musical instrument, getting the chance to perform in public or working with a world-class voice coach are within reach of all Somerset’s children thanks to its pioneering music service. Last month hundreds of children and young people at schools across Somerset were given a unique opportunity to work with world-renowned choral director Mark […]

Landmark expansion caps a great few years for Bridgwater College Academy

Pupils and staff celebrated the opening of a stunning new multi-million pound teaching block this week at their Somerset school. The Chevalley building at Bridgwater College Academy, the latest addition in Somerset County Council’s ambitious school builds and expansion programme, was completed last month and boasts state-of-the-art science, humanities and languages teaching spaces which will […]

£15m of school expansions another landmark in ambitious programme

Work to create nearly 600 new secondary places in Somerset is progressing apace with this January seeing the completion of the first of two major projects. Later this month the first pupils will be welcomed into a new Somerset County Council-funded £8 million expansion of Bridgwater College Academy. The project has been managed by Futures […]

Pupils and staff at village school toast £300k upgrade

Children and staff have been celebrating the completion of a new £300,000 extension and IT upgrade at their Somerset school. Thanks to a Somerset County Council-funded project, Milborne Port School has seen its roll increase from 180 to 210, with pupils now able to enjoy a state-of-the-art learning space. At the same time, the school, […]

Education boost for Somerset as nearly £17m of school projects are completed

Somerset school children have started the academic year boosted by a multi-million collection of school new builds and improvements. These include the £8.5m Hazelbrook campus at Selworthy School and the new £7.3m Nerrols Primary school, both in Taunton, and between them creating 500 new school places. The state-of-the-art new campus at Selworthy will offer 80-100 […]

Can you help support arts activities in schools?

Donations are being sought from businesses and residents across Somerset to support arts and cultural opportunities for children and young people. The County Council is backing local arts charity Somerset Partnership Arts Education Agency (SPAEDA) to unlock match funding from the Arts Council. The aim is to provide enriching, creative activities in schools for children […]

Have your say on new school proposal for Somerton

A proposal to build a new 420-pupil school in Somerton will be unveiled to parents and the local community next month. Somerset County Council is consulting on a proposal to build the 14-class primary school which will replace both the existing King Ina Academy sites at Etsome Terrace and School Lane. The school will include […]

Construction of £7m new primary school reaches major milestone

A key milestone has been passed in the construction of a new £7m primary school in Taunton. The main phase of work has started on the Somerset County Council project – the new 14-class, 420-pupil Nerrols School which is due to open in September 2019. On Thursday (13 December) there was a bolt-tightening ceremony at […]

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 […]