Category Schools

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 […]

Duke of Edinburgh Award students plant trees for the Jubilee

Six Somerset students working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award planted some new trees as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The youngsters were fortunate enough to have a selected a glorious spring day for the occasion as they planted the new trees at the SSE Outdoors Centre in Kilve. The trees were planted […]

Building for the future with the Somerset Climate Emergency Community Fund

Children in Stogumber have been learning about things we can do to combat the impacts of climate change in the village’s new outdoor nature shelter. The new outdoor learning space is one of 43 community projects that have been funded through Somerset County Council’s £1.5m Climate Emergency Community Fund to help make the county more […]

Easter activities return as Happy Healthy Holidays Somerset marks first anniversary

Thousands of children and young people eligible for free school meals in Somerset will be able to enjoy free fun activities during the upcoming Easter holidays. Over the past year the Government’s Holidays Activities and Food (HAF) programme has given young people aged 5-16 the chance to take part in inspirational physical activities, enjoy a […]

Somerset Youth Parliament Election Results are in!

Three newly elected Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) will now represent Somerset’s young people on a number of key issues including climate change, mental health, LGBTQ+, equality and safety. Joel Fowler, Jasmine Fowler and Roxanne Wylie will start their two-year terms of office in March 2022, with their campaigns running until 2024. MYP candidates attended […]

Record number of secondary school places allocated

Somerset County Council is proud to have another record-breaking year with over 98 per cent of Somerset young people waking up today (1 March) with an offer at one of their top three secondary school choices. Despite the largest number of secondary school applications ever received (4,866 compared to 4,654 in 2021), figures released today […]

Schools, early years, colleges and other Council services CLOSED tomorrow due to Red Weather Warning

STORM EUNICE UPDATE                          We will add information about major updates relating to Storm Eunice to this article. You can also check our social media (@SomersetCouncil) and http://www.somerset.gov.uk for latest updates. Saturday 19 February update 8.41am: So far across Somerset – 203 incidents yesterday that’s 189 trees/branches down – plus there were walls and fences down and […]

How your organisation could be supported to develop apprentices

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (February 7-13), Somerset County Council is reminding local businesses and organisations of the support on offer to help them recruit apprentices. As a large organisation within Somerset, the Council has the ability to support smaller organisations with apprenticeship qualification costs via an apprenticeship levy transfer. These transfers allow smaller organisations […]

New primary school marks a milestone

A new £7.3 million primary free school planned for Taunton will be sponsored by The Castle Partnership Trust following Government approval, marking an important milestone in the school’s journey. The eventual 420-place primary, with early years provision, is set to become Somerset’s first net zero carbon school, and only the third ‘passivhaus’ school in the […]

Work under way on £7m Chard school expansion

Work is well under way on a major £7m project to expand Holyrood Academy in Chard to accommodate more students and meet growing demand. Contractors BAM have started work on the site on the Academy campus, beginning with the safe demolition of the former Cresta swimming pool. The new building will be all-electric and fitted […]