Category education

Somerset primary school admission figures announced

More than 98 per cent of Somerset children were offered a primary school place at one of their top three choices, the County Council’s latest school admission figures show. Overall, 98.5 per cent of the 5,365 applicants were offered a place at one of their top three primary school choices, and 94.58 per cent received […]

History on the timetable as new Somerton school prepares for opening

Pupils will step into history after Easter as the new King Ina Church of England Academy open its doors for the first time. Somerset County Council has invested £7.3m to develop the new primary school which can accommodate up to 420 pupils and 52 early years children, with 14 classrooms, a pre-school, a school hall, […]

Decision made on the future of education delivery in Crewkerne and Ilminster

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet today approved proposals for a major change in the delivery of education in the Crewkerne and Ilminster area. 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 Bartholomew’s, Merriott and Haselbury […]

Have your say on plans for new Comeytrowe primary school

From today (Monday 8 March), members of the public are invited to have their say on proposals for a new 14-class primary school to serve the Orchard Grove housing development in Comeytrowe, Taunton. This follows the unanimous backing by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet on 20 January of proposals for a new 420-place primary school and […]

Record number of secondary school places allocated

A record number of Somerset young people waking up today (1 March) will discover which secondary school they’ll attend from this September – with 98 per cent offered a place at one of their top three choices. Despite the largest number of secondary school applications ever received (4654 this year compared to 4512 in 2020), […]

Social Workers in Schools launches in Somerset

A ground-breaking initiative to place social workers in schools to help keep children safe from exploitation has started in Somerset. Somerset County Council successfully secured £400,000 from the Department for Education (DfE) as part of the Social Workers in Schools (SWIS) programme. Eight social workers are working in secondary schools across Somerset, with at least […]

Plans for new primary school in Comeytrowe progress

Proposals for a new primary school to serve a significant new housing development in Taunton moved a step closer to becoming a reality this week. On Wednesday, January 20, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet unanimously backed recommendations to deliver a new 420-place primary school, as well as a nursery with capacity for up to 60 children, […]

New digital front door for outdoor service

  Somerset County Council’s Outdoor Centres (SSE Outdoors) provide memorable experiences to thousands of young people every year. Now, thanks to an engaging new website booking them is just a click away. Over 14,000 young people visit the four centres each year and even throughout the Covid-19 crisis Support Services for Education (SSE) Outdoors has […]

Polden Bower School taking shape as investment in SEND education continues

A new £23m special school which will cater for 160 students with complex needs in Somerset is taking shape. Spectacular aerial footage taken in November by Bristol architects AWW shows the size and scale of the new Polden Bower school site in Bridgwater. The project is part of a wider Somerset County Council programme to […]

Reminder: Have your say on the future of education delivery in Crewkerne and Ilminster

Members of the public are reminded to have their say on plans to transform how education is delivered in the Crewkerne and Ilminster area before Friday 11 December. On 3 November, Somerset County Council announced details of a public consultation on proposals to move from the current three-tier school system to a two-tier model of […]