Category education

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 […]

Have your say on Somerset’s SEND strategy

Members of the public in Somerset are invited to have their say on a new draft strategy for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). The Somerset SEND Partnership, which includes Somerset County Council, NHS Somerset, Somerset Parent Carer Forum and local education providers, have launched a consultation for the public […]

Somerset DofE team receive Tree of Trees recognition for Jubilee support

Somerset’s Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award team has received a special tree from the Queen’s Green Canopy ‘Tree of Trees’ as a thank you for the valuable work the team does for the benefit of the community. Designed by artist Thomas Heatherwick, the Tree of Trees sculpture made up of 350 smaller British native trees […]

Milford Junior School Building To Close

Parents and carers of children who attend Milford Junior School were told today (26 August) that the school building will need to shut indefinitely after concerns were raised during a recent survey. Regular building surveys are carried out at all Somerset schools to monitor the conditions of the buildings. A recent survey was carried out […]

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 […]

£1,500 of vouchers awarded to creative writing winners and Somerset Schools

Three winners of the Fostering In Somerset Creative Writing Competition each scooped £250 in vouchers, as well as £250 in vouchers for their chosen school. Somerset residents of all ages were encouraged to write a short story of up to 1,000 words for Foster Care Fortnight in May for the chance to win a share […]

Food vouchers return for Summer Holidays

Schools will once again provide food vouchers to families eligible for Free School Meals to combat holiday hunger over the summer holidays. Somerset County Council is distributing approximately £1.2m from the Government’s Household Support Fund directly to schools to help fund food vouchers for children eligible for Free School Meals over the summer holidays. The […]

Children and young people help shape the new Children and Young People’s Plan for Somerset.

Children and young people from across the county have helped shaped Somerset’s new Children and Young People’s Plan, providing a link between what children have asked us to do and partners strategic priorities. The Children’s and Young People Plan has been co-produced by the Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership with children and young people and strategic […]

Thousands of Somerset youngsters set to benefit from summer holiday activity programme

This summer, thousands of children who are eligible for free school meals can benefit from free activities, fun and food during the holidays – thanks to the Happy Healthy Holidays Somerset (HHHS) project run by Somerset County Council and Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP). More than 60 venues across Somerset are offering activities including […]

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 […]