Category education

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 […]

Secondary age pupils required to wear face coverings on school transport

Somerset County Council now requires all secondary age pupils to wear face coverings on dedicated school transport with immediate effect, unless they are exempt.   Pupils are already required to wear face coverings in communal areas in secondary schools and this approach is being extended to all vehicles operating home to school transport.   These […]

Pledge to support families in school holidays

Somerset County Council has today issued a plea for families in need of urgent food supplies to contact the Coronavirus helpline and confirmed it is stepping up its efforts to provide more school holiday support with a £125,000 scheme. At the same time, the Council continues to lobby government for further funding. Currently the council […]

Top Marks for Bishop Fox’s Expansion

It’s top marks for Bishop Fox’s two new multi-million buildings after they were officially handed over by Somerset County Council and contractor BAM to the school this week. The £7 million Somerset County Council project ensures young people aged 11-16 in the Taunton area continue to receive high quality education provision in two brand new […]