Category Schools

Council’s legal challenge over school is successful

A review into the future of the current schools system in Ilminster and Crewkerne will restart, after Somerset County Council won a key legal battle last week. Since 2018, the Council has been working with headteachers and governors of schools in the area to review the education provision, which includes Swanmead Middle School, as the […]

We’ve got it covered – boost for Somerset pupils’ great outdoor lessons

Children back in education in Somerset are enjoying an innovative and rewarding outdoor curriculum with a little help from our friends. Working with Somerset County Council, local residents, charities, businesses and partners pulled together brilliantly to help staff deliver outdoor lessons whatever the great British weather by providing gazebos and expertise. So far 65  gazebos […]

Dedicated staff ensure provision for thousands of Somerset’s primary age pupils

One hundred per cent of relevant schools in Somerset are offering some kind of extended provision for primary age pupils new figures show. Education settings are working at capacity accommodating nearly a third of the county’s reception, year one and year six primary age pupils after extending provision following the half term break, while two […]

Schools and early years providers work to extend provision

Schools and early years providers across Somerset are working hard on preparations to extend provision to more children after half term. Having worked closely with education leaders on how to sensibly and safely bring about the Government’s proposals, Somerset County Council accepts that from 1 June not all settings will be able to offer full […]

Schools get free emergency PPE kits

Free personal protective equipment (PPE) emergency packs will be supplied to schools in Somerset thanks to the County Council. Careful planning and sourcing have made sure that the Council has enough stocks of PPE to provide schools that are opening classes to year groups with enough equipment for the rest of the summer term – […]

Government proposals on staged return of early years and school children

Somerset County Council is currently working closely with education leaders following the Government’s announcement that early years providers/nurseries, schools and colleges may be asked to extend provision to more pupils with effect from 1 June. This step is conditional upon key indicators set by the Government based on the national COVID-19 situation. It applies initially […]

Young people helped to stay on course with DofE programme

Hundreds of young people across Somerset are being supported to continue their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award activities throughout the coronavirus emergency. The DofE Team, from Somerset County Council’s Support Services for Education , is continuing to work closely with all the 58 Somerset schools and colleges, the children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) […]

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 98.27 per cent of the 5600 applicants were offered a place at one of their top three primary school choices, and 93 per cent received […]

Top marks for ingenuity as Somerset schools rise to PPE challenge

Schools may be closed to most pupils during the Coronavirus pandemic – but they are using their skills and resources to help in the battle to protect frontline carers. The Castle School in Taunton has started making protective visors, using laser cutters, and is working with Somerset County Council and Somerset Care to make sure […]

Super schools go the extra mile to deliver a square meal and wrap-around care

Up to 1,000 food parcels per week are set to be delivered to the homes of pupils across the county over the next fortnight by Somerset County Council Transport. The vital deliveries will supplement the efforts of many school sites continuing to provide hot meals and/or vouchers to eligible children  – while they also  provide […]