Category Schools

Free fun activities return for eligible children this winter

Children and young people eligible for free school meals in Somerset will once again be offered free fun activities over the school holidays this winter.  Young people aged 5 – 16 years will have the opportunity to take part in enriching physical activities and be provided with a nutritious meal and information about eating healthily, as part […]

Somerset’s first carbon neutral school

A new £7.3 million primary school planned for Taunton is set to become Somerset’s first net zero carbon school, and only the third ‘passivhaus’ school in the south west. The new 420-place primary school, which includes a 60-place nursery, will serve the Orchard Grove housing development in Comeytrowe and is needed to meet the expected […]

Children replaced by robots in hi-tech boost for learning

Somerset County Council’s investment in the latest robot technology is helping to ensure absent pupils can continue to access education when not in the classroom. The Council has invested in 50 AV1 robots to support students who can’t be in school – whether it’s because they are sick or overcoming physical or mental health challenges. […]

Changes to Crewkerne and Ilminster schools to go ahead

Plans for major changes to protect the future delivery of education in the Crewkerne and Ilminster area will continue to progress following a High Court ruling. From September 2022, the area’s current three-tier school system will become a two-tier system with major changes including: Wadham School to become a secondary school. Maiden Beech, Ashlands, St […]

HRH The Princess Royal officially opens £6.85m new facility at Yeovil special school

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal today (Friday 22 October) officially opened the Sycamore Building at Fairmead School in Yeovil and toured the first-class facilities being enjoyed by students, staff and the local community. The new school building was made possible by an investment of £6.85m by Somerset County Council. Completed in the summer holiday […]

Council funds free school meal vouchers for October half term

Somerset County Council will again be providing help to families in need of support over the October half term. The Department for Work and Pensions has extended its Covid Local Support Grant, providing £230,000 to Somerset County Council to support vulnerable families, along with £57,000 from the Department of Health and Social Care’s Contain Outbreak […]

Construction begins to expand Taunton special school

A ground-breaking ceremony was held on 4 October to officially mark the beginning of construction to expand Taunton’s Sky Academy. Sky Academy provides specialist educational and residential care for young people with complex social, emotional and learning difficulties. Somerset County Council has appointed construction company Willmott Dixon to deliver the project which will create a […]

St Cuthbert’s School pupils plant a tree for the jubilee

Children at a junior school in Wells planted a very special tree as part of a national initiative to launch the Queen’s Green Canopy, which invites people across the United Kingdom to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’. Next year will mark 70 years since HM The Queen came to the throne – the longest […]

Thousands of Somerset youngsters benefit from summer holiday activity programme

Thousands of children who are eligible for free school meals benefited from free fun activities during the summer holidays – thanks to the Happy Healthy Holidays Somerset (HHHS) project. The initiative is part of the Government’s Holiday, Activities and Food programme which has been designed to help tackle inequalities in holiday hunger, physical inactivity, and […]

Walk to School Month

Walk for the World this October

October is International Walk to School month and Somerset County Council is putting the call out to all pupils to get involved if they can. Walking instead of driving where possible is better for your physical and mental wellbeing; and it’s better for the environment and for traffic congestion – especially at those school gates. […]