Tag Archives: Frances Nicholson

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 […]

Consultation on education travel policy

The public is being invited to have its say on proposed changes to the Somerset County Council’s Education Travel Policy. The Council currently spends around £11.5m a year transporting roughly 9,500 pupils to schools across the county. The policy sets out the criteria for when children are eligible for financial assistance for their transport to […]

Replacement school transport arranged

Parents at ten schools in Somerset have been informed of new arrangements after Somerset County Council ended a school transport contract today. Alternative transport arrangements have been put in place to transport 437 students to and from the schools from tomorrow morning. This afternoon the council terminated its contract with Avalon Coaches due to performance […]

Rockets pre-school expansion takes off in Rockwell Green

More working families in and around Rockwell Green will be able to benefit from funded childcare places with the expansion of the Rockets pre-school. The new Rockets building at Rockwell Green Primary is the first of six Somerset County Council projects that will boost the number of childcare spaces available in the county. Creating nearly […]

Primrose pupils are blossoming

Excited pupils in Yeovil are putting down roots in Somerset’s newest primary school. Primrose Lane Primary opened its doors after the half-term break, following the recent completion of the £4.2m, eight-classroom project – including a nursey – built to meet the town’s growing demand for school places. There are 13 children at the school and […]

Children’s services improvement is ‘energetic yet realistic’

Work to improve Somerset’s services for children is ‘energetic yet realistic’, according to the latest feedback from Ofsted. Inspectors visited for two days during May to look at the quality of social work practice. The resulting report discussed today by the Council’s Cabinet highlighted many positives, concluding that the pace of change is adequate but […]