Category Schools

Somerset school governance professional scoops national award for outstanding practice

Ann Adams, Service Manager at Somerset County Council’s Support Services for Education (SSE), was a finalist in the outstanding lead governance professional category at the National Governance Association’s (NGA) Outstanding Governance Awards 2021 on Thursday 9 September. The category – newly introduced for 2021 – recognises individuals leading and managing governance across several schools. Ann […]

Apply now for 2022 school places

Somerset parents and carers are being urged to apply for school places online and on time. Whether your child is starting school for the first time, or transferring to their next school, applications need to be made through Somerset County Council’s website: http://www.somerset.gov.uk/admissions For secondary school places, applications open today (Monday 13 September 2021) and […]

Somerset’s investment in SEND education continues with three projects nearing completion

Contractors are in the final stages of work on site at three projects – exceeding £15m in investment by Somerset County Council – to improve provision for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) in Somerset. Work at Fiveways Special School and Fairmead Special School, both in Yeovil, and the Holway […]

£1.8m investment in hydrotherapy pool at Selworthy School

Work has started on a new £1.8m hydrotherapy pool at Selworthy School in Taunton which will help the school meet the therapeutic needs of its most complex children. Selworthy School is a school for children and young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities) aged 4-19. Somerset County Council is investing a total of […]

Summer Holidays food support for Somerset families

Somerset County Council will continue to provide help to families in need of food support over the school Summer Holidays. The Department of Work and Pensions has extended its Covid Local Support Grant, providing £1.4m to Somerset County Council to support vulnerable families. The Council is using the grant to fund food vouchers worth £15 […]

Willowdown Primary School branches out

A new £2.5m extension to a primary school near Bridgwater that expands its capacity by more than 200 pupil places was officially opened last week. Willowdown Primary School was originally opened on the Kings Down development seven years ago with space for 210 children and has seen demand for places grow. It is an academy […]

Grant aims to tackle growing childminder shortage in Somerset

Somerset County Council is renewing its campaign to tackle a shortage of childminders across the county through a ‘Golden Hello’ grant worth £250.00. The number of childminders in Somerset has fallen year upon year, in line with what is a national picture.  The number of registered childminders in the county has decreased by over 31% […]

Summer of opportunity for Somerset’s Year 11s

Somerset students heading from Year 11 into Year 12 will have access to a wide range of free exciting educational opportunities this summer. From today (Monday, May 24), Year 11s can register to participate in activities which will help them meet new people, enjoy fun activities, access lots of free information and resources and get […]

Handover completed on new £23m special school in Bridgwater

Construction has finished on Polden Bower School, a brand new £23m Somerset County Council-funded state-of-the-art school in Bridgwater catering for 160 students with complex needs. The project is part of a wider Somerset County Council programme to boost provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) in the county. The […]

Somerset 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, 98.5 per cent of the 5,365 applicants were offered a place at one of their top three primary school choices, and 94.58 per cent received […]