Category Families and Children

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 […]

Pop-up shop is Sense-ational addition to High Street

A Sense-ational seasonal business venture involving pupils from special schools across the county has popped-up in Taunton.  If you’re in the market for some beautiful Christmas gifts, check out the Sense-ational Shop now open on Taunton’s High Street, supported by Somerset County Council. It’s run by young people and all the stock has been created […]

Your spare room could change a teenager’s life

Somerset Young Care Leavers are releasing a series of ‘Get to Know Us’ videos as part of National Care Leavers’ Week ((24 October – 31 October), in a bid to break down stereotypes and encourage people to consider using their spare room to help a vulnerable teenager. Young Care Leavers and Somerset County Council are […]

Chilton Trinity Youth Club achieves quality award

The Chilton Trinity Youth Club in Bridgwater has achieved Somerset County Council’s ‘Safe and Welcoming’ award. Chilton Trinity Youth Club is a popular new club, set in beautiful surroundings and supported by volunteers from the community.  The club provides a safe and relaxed environment for young people to socialise and unwind with their friends. The […]

Feast of activities for children and families in West Somerset

  There’s something for everyone this summer when it comes to family activities in West Somerset. A programme of over 360 events for families and young people – many of them free – has been put together by the West Somerset Local Forum. This is a collective of voluntary organisations which provide support and opportunities […]

Children In Care Achievements Celebrated

The achievements of Somerset children and young people in care have been celebrated at the 2018 Annual Achievement Awards in Bridgwater and Taunton. Around 350 children and teenagers were recognised for their efforts over two award ceremonies, through nominations from social and youth workers and other Children’s Services professionals. The children and young people were […]

Make mischief at Somerset libraries

All Somerset’s libraries are inviting children to become Mischief Makers in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, celebrating the 80th anniversary of The Beano. Starting in Somerset libraries from tomorrow (Saturday 14 July), all children have to do is visit their local library and sign up to read six books throughout the summer. As they read each […]

“Nationally renowned” Brookside Academy scoops top awards

A Somerset primary school has claimed two national awards from the prestigious Times Educational Supplement. Brookside Academy in Street won the Alternative Provision and Community & Collaboration awards at the TES Awards ceremony in London. The awards recognise its great provision for children with complex and profound Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities TES said that […]

Search is on for Somerset’s unsung heroes – can you help?

Do you know somebody who should be celebrated for their work with children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and their families? Do you know a child or young person who has inspired you in the way they have overcome challenges? If so, Somerset County Council’s SEND Participation Team wants to hear from you as […]

Somerset Brownie wins prize for fostering poster

A brownie from North Petherton has won a poster competition, with a design encouraging more people to consider fostering in Somerset. Nine year old Grace Pear, from the 1st North Petherton Brownies, won outdoor clothing and equipment for herself and her pack for her ‘Make a Difference’ fostering poster. She was presented with her prize, […]