Tag Archives: schools

County Council backs investment programme

Investment of more than £224m in highways, schools, other capital projects over the next four years was agreed by Somerset County Council today. The capital investment programme approved at the Full Council’s budget-setting meeting today will see £89m invested in the county next year alone. This includes £13.5m for secondary and primary schools, £700,000 for […]

A Christmas Card to help children in Somerset

Somerset County Council is launching a Christmas card design competition across Schools in Somerset to help the search for more foster carers.  Christmas is a particularly difficult time for children in care. Great foster carers can make their lives a little easier and help them towards a brighter future. Pupils are being encouraged to think […]

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 […]

New nursery comes to Neroche

Somerset County Council is pleased to announce the opening of ‘First Friends’, a new nursery facility based at Neroche School in Broadway, llminster An official opening ceremony will take place on Tuesday November 7 at 3.00 pm and will be attended by Gemma Verdon, Junior Member for Children and local County Councillor Linda Piggott-Vijey. The […]

Secondary school admissions rise

Over 97 per cent of Somerset’s children were offered a Secondary School place at one of their top three school choices, figures released by Somerset County Council show today. This is a slight increase on last year’s figure of 96.9 per cent – despite an increase in applications. This year Somerset County Council received 4,517 […]

Proposals to expand Ilminster school – have your say

Parents and the local community are invited to comment proposals to relocate an Ilminster school. The plans to move and expand Greenfylde First School have been announced by Somerset County Council in order to meet the expected demand for school places in the area. At the moment the school is located on Silver Street and […]

Somerset success in school league tables

Somerset’s young people have fared well in Government rankings which compare GCSE results from 5,000 schools across the country. New measures introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) show that Somerset’s schools demonstrate strong performance in a number of areas. Somerset scored the highest in the South West and in the top third nationally for […]

Teachers’ strike: latest updates

Lists of schools affected by the industrial action on Tuesday 5 July are available online on the Somerset Learning Platform (SLP) school notifications page The online lists state whether a school is open, closed or partially opened. The decision on whether to remain open or closed has been made by individual head teachers. Where a […]

Forced academy turnaround welcomed by County Council

News that the Government has abandoned plans to convert all schools to academies has been welcomed by Somerset County Council. Cabinet member for Children and Families, Cllr Frances Nicholson, had criticised the plans in a letter to the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, saying that “There is no evidence that the structural change […]

Schools join forces to improve outcomes for vulnerable children

Nearly 300 professionals who work with children and young people came together during the autumn term with a joint ambition of improving outcomes for vulnerable children in Somerset. The recent events brought a number of partner agencies together, including schools from across Somerset, to share the good practice going on to try and narrow the […]