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Summer of opportunity for Somerset’s Year 11s

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 a head-start moving into Year 12.

There is a mixture of virtual and face-to-face events and activities to choose from taking place across the county in June, July, and August.

Councillor Clare Paul, Somerset County Council Cabinet Member for Education said: “After a tough year, the Summer Programme provides Year 11 leavers with the opportunity take part in a variety of interesting, informative and supportive events this summer. This welcome initiative gives students the chance to build their confidence as they take the next step of their journey to college or sixth form.”

The Summer Programme has been organised through SomersetWorks, which is a European Social Fund and Department of Work & Pensions sponsored 3-year project managed by Somerset County Council.

SomersetWorks has been set up to provide new opportunities for young people in school years 11 to 13 who are, or at risk of, finding themselves not in education, employment or training.

Students planning to study A Levels and T Levels can book to join an @Level3 Conference Day, which will provide an introduction of what to expect at college or sixth form, tips to develop better study skills, and advice for looking after their health and wellbeing.

Alongside the Conference Days there will be a range of activities at Kilve Court, Charterhouse, and other key venues across Somerset. These will include team-building exercises and physical activities such as climbing and low-ropes, as well as wellbeing and ‘ready to study’ sessions.

Young Somerset will also be offering a series of free activities which will give students a hands-on introduction to interesting subjects such as hairdressing and beauty, horse care, kayaking, conservation, mechanics, and music performance and production.

Other providers offering opportunities as part of the Summer Programme include the Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) group in South Somerset, Weston College, RSPCA animal welfare, Ham Hill Rangers and Bristol Bears Rugby.

The Summer Programme website where Year 11s can register has been designed as an interactive platform with information about the activities on offer as well as access to a range of games, quizzes, videos and live content.

Registration is now live for all Year 11s and can be accessed here:https://somersetworks.vfairs.com/

The programme has been funded by the Education Endowment Foundation and Sunday Times readers as part of the national response to Covid-19.

Students seeking support with their next steps, including careers advice and help with applications, can attend SomersetWorks Hubs which are held between 10am and 1pm on weekdays. More information can be found here: SomersetWorks (somerset-ebp.co.uk)

New rapid test and collect sites in Keynsham and Midsomer Norton

New rapid test and collect sites in Keynsham and Midsomer Norton

Two new test and collect hubs are opening in Keynsham and Midsomer Norton next week to help people living and working in the area to get tested regularly. The new Keynsham ‘test and collect’ hub in Ashton Way car park will replace the current test site at the Masonic Hall. And Midsomer Norton’s new test… Read More…

Cygnet Naming Competition at The Bishop’s Palace

Cygnet Naming Competition at The Bishop’s Palace

The Bishop’s Palace in Wells has announced the results of their extremely popular annual cygnet-naming competition, following the hatching of four beautiful cygnets in early May. There were many hundreds of entries this year, both on social media, via email and in person, and some names were suggested multiple times. Moira Anderson, who takes care… Read More…

Free school meal vouchers for half-term holiday

Free school meal vouchers for half-term holiday

Families whose children are eligible for benefit related free school meals will be provided with supermarket vouchers worth £20 to cover the upcoming half-term school holiday by Bath & North East Somerset Council. From Friday May 21, eligible families who received vouchers from the council’s free school meals scheme during the Easter holidays will automatically… Read More…

Keynsham and Midsomer Norton High Streets awarded £165,000 for cultural programmes

Keynsham and Midsomer Norton High Streets awarded £165,000 for cultural programmes

New community-led cultural activities and events are set to be enjoyed in Keynsham and Midsomer Norton from this summer following an award of £165,000 funding announced today (May 19). The grants have been awarded by Historic England as part of Keynsham and Midsomer Norton’s High Street Heritage Action Zones (HZHAZ) and will be used for… Read More…

Council updates on City Centre Security proposals

Council updates on City Centre Security proposals

An independent Accessibility Study on the impact of proposals to restrict vehicles in Bath city centre to reduce the risk of terrorist attacks has been made publicly available by Bath & North East Somerset Council. The council is also publishing the findings of a consultation on the proposed measures, which received 522 responses. Much of… Read More…

Cygnet Naming Competition at The Bishop’s Palace

Cygnet Naming Competition at The Bishop’s Palace

The Bishop’s Palace in Wells has launched their extremely popular annual cygnet-naming competition, following the hatching of four beautiful cygnets last week. Fans of the Palace’s 24 hour swan cam were delighted to be able to watch the appearance on the nest of the new babies, over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Palace staff captured a… Read More…

Unsung heroes of the pandemic honoured with Somerset Medal

Unsung heroes of the pandemic honoured with Somerset Medal

A select few of Somerset’s many unsung coronavirus heroes are unveiled today as the first ever winners of the Somerset Medal.  The Somerset Medal has been launched by Somerset County Council to say a heartfelt thank-you to the best of the best – with the winners announced as the county celebrates Somerset Day.  They include vaccination volunteers, food deliverers, PPE producers, pop-up shop keepers and a whole host of other good Samaritans who… Read More…

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