Category education

Special school’s new pool to offer ‘life-changing’ benefits

A brand-new hydrotherapy pool has opened at a special school in Taunton to provide major benefits for children and young people with complex disabilities. The £1.8m facility at the Hazelbrook campus at Selworthy School was funded by Somerset County Council and opened by the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Mrs Annie Maw. Selworthy School is a special […]

SKY ACADEMY STUDENTS LEARN PLASTERING IN SCHOOL

Sky Academy Students had their first experience of the plastering business today, joining Morrissey Plastering and Drylining in decorating the walls of the new construction project in their school. Construction company Willmott Dixon have been continuing their work with students from Sky Academy, Taunton by organising another on site taster session and site visit providing […]

Thank a teacher on 26th May 2022

It’s national ‘Thank a Teacher’ day on 26 May 2022, giving everyone an opportunity to send a message of gratitude to the hard working educational professionals who helped shape lives today. Somerset County Council is inviting everyone to share their videos on the Council’s social media thanking that one teacher who made the biggest impact […]

Rise in number of Somerset students taking on Duke of Edinburgh Awards

More and more ambitious young people in Somerset are taking up the opportunity to improve their leadership and communication skills by pursuing a Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award. Following two years of turbulence caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Somerset DofE team are delighted that a total of 2,649 students have started an award in […]

Duke of Edinburgh Award students plant trees for the Jubilee

Six Somerset students working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award planted some new trees as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The youngsters were fortunate enough to have a selected a glorious spring day for the occasion as they planted the new trees at the SSE Outdoors Centre in Kilve. The trees were planted […]

Building for the future with the Somerset Climate Emergency Community Fund

Children in Stogumber have been learning about things we can do to combat the impacts of climate change in the village’s new outdoor nature shelter. The new outdoor learning space is one of 43 community projects that have been funded through Somerset County Council’s £1.5m Climate Emergency Community Fund to help make the county more […]

Easter activities return as Happy Healthy Holidays Somerset marks first anniversary

Thousands of children and young people eligible for free school meals in Somerset will be able to enjoy free fun activities during the upcoming Easter holidays. Over the past year the Government’s Holidays Activities and Food (HAF) programme has given young people aged 5-16 the chance to take part in inspirational physical activities, enjoy a […]

Somerset Youth Parliament Election Results are in!

Three newly elected Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) will now represent Somerset’s young people on a number of key issues including climate change, mental health, LGBTQ+, equality and safety. Joel Fowler, Jasmine Fowler and Roxanne Wylie will start their two-year terms of office in March 2022, with their campaigns running until 2024. MYP candidates attended […]

Record number of secondary school places allocated

Somerset County Council is proud to have another record-breaking year with over 98 per cent of Somerset young people waking up today (1 March) with an offer at one of their top three secondary school choices. Despite the largest number of secondary school applications ever received (4,866 compared to 4,654 in 2021), figures released today […]

February half term food support to combat holiday hunger

Somerset County Council is once again working with schools to provide food vouchers to families eligible for Free School Meals to combat holiday hunger over the February half-term. The Council has helped provide food vouchers to those children in need of support during the school holidays since October 2020, providing a much-needed boost to families […]