Category Schools

Planning Approval Granted to Somerset’s First Net Zero School

Last month, planning permission was granted for the new primary school at the Orchard Grove development in Taunton.  The school will serve the new community, with capacity for 420 pupils and 52 nursery places, and room to expand to accommodate an additional 210 children. An investment of £11.3 million has been secured to build the […]

£8.6 million investment in Crewkerne and Ilminster School

 Crewkerne and Ilminster schools are in the final phase of £8.6 million of major building and improvement works, finishing in time for the new school year in September 2023. The combined efforts of school leaders, governors and staff, Bridgwater & Taunton College Trust, the Somerset County Council team and excellent local contractors saw major building […]

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 […]

Support to mitigate impact of Cost of Living crisis this winter

Somerset County Council’s Executive today (Wednesday, 19 October) approved a wide-ranging package of support to help Somerset people deal with the impacts of the Cost of Living crisis this winter. Support includes financial assistance with food and energy bills through the Household Support Fund, a ‘Warm Welcome’ network of venues where people can find warmth […]

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 […]

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 […]

Food Vouchers return for Jubilee half term

 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 Jubilee half-term next week. Somerset is using approximately £150,000 from the Government’s Household Support Fund to fund food vouchers for children eligible for Free School Meals over the Jubilee […]

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 […]