Tag Archives: Frances Nicholson

School admissions – apply online and in time

Parents across the county whose children need school places next September are being urged to get online and apply before the January deadline. The last day for applications for primary admissions is 15 January – this includes children starting school for the first time or moving from Infant to Junior and First to Middle schools […]

A month left to give views on proposed changes to services for children and their families

There’s still one month left for people to share their views about proposed changes to the support Somerset County Council provides to some children and families. Hundreds of people have already taken part in the consultation on potential changes to the getset Service; but more feedback, comments and views are wanted before the deadline of […]

Consultation launched on proposed changes to services and support for Children and Families

Somerset County Council is seeking views on proposals to change the support it provides to some children and families. The proposals would stop the Council’s getset Service contribution to support for families needing a little extra help – usually short-term – to tackle a particular problem and get back on track. Support provided by other […]

Selworthy pupils put another brick in the Hazelbrook wall

Children from Selworthy School have been helping lay the first bricks of their new Hazelbrook Campus. The youngsters joined representatives from Somerset County Council to kick-off construction of the £9m building which will provide an extra 80-100 places for pupils with a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities(SEND), including autism. It’s purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities […]

School admissions – apply online and in time

With the school open day season underway, parents are being urged to make sure they apply for school places online and in time. Whether your child is starting school for the first time, or transferring to their next school, applications need to be made through the Somerset County Council’s website http://www.somerset.gov.uk/admissions With a 31 October […]

Wellington welcomes more childcare spaces

Up to 24 extra childcare spaces will be available in Wellington from September thanks to a County Council-funded nursery expansion. The Bouncy Bears Nursery, which currently has spaces for 32 children and is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, is to be extended to meet the needs of local parents thanks to a £165,000 project funded from […]

Inspection recognises progress

A full inspection of Somerset’s Child Social Care services has resulted in an improved rating for the County Council. The Ofsted report published today says that Somerset’s children’s services ‘Require Improvement to be Good’ and points to steady progress since the last inspection in 2015, with improved quality,  smaller caseloads and a culture of openness […]

Plans on show for new school developments in Taunton

Initial plans for two school developments in Taunton will be on show for public comment next month. Families and local residents can comment on proposals for a new 420-place primary school at Nerrols (known locally as Northwalls Grange) and an expansion of Selworthy secondary school at the former St Augustine site – which would be […]

Social worker recruitment is just the job

More than 160 permanent social workers have been appointed by Somerset County Council’s children’s service in the last two years, key councillors were told today. Since August 2015, 165 have joined the council following a recruitment push in support of the authority’s improvement work in the service. And, as set out in a report discussed […]

Still time to have your say

There are four weeks to go for people to give their views on proposed changes to the way support for Somerset families is provided. The County Council’s ten-week consultation on the proposals, which include a changing role for Sure Start Children’s Centres, ends on the 1 of December. More than 300 people have already given […]