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Pupil referral unit opens in Taunton

Pupil referral unit opens in Taunton

Work has been completed on a £2.85m Somerset County Council-funded project to refurbish and repurpose the Holway Centre in Taunton into a full occupation Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) for up to 35 children and young people aged five to 16. To celebrate the opening of the new unit, an open day is planned to take… Read More…

Children replaced by robots in hi-tech boost for learning

Children replaced by robots in hi-tech boost for learning

Somerset County Council’s investment in the latest robot technology is helping to ensure absent pupils can continue to access education when not in the classroom. The Council has invested in 50 AV1 robots to support students who can’t be in school – whether it’s because they are sick or overcoming physical or mental health challenges.… Read More…

Children’s Hospice Christmas Fair at Tucker’s Grave’s Parlour Cafe

Children’s Hospice Christmas Fair at Tucker’s Grave’s Parlour Cafe

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is inviting people to a festive afternoon of Christmas fun and treats at Tucker’s Grave Inn’s new Parlour café. The Christmas Fair in Faulkland on Sunday 28 November from 2-5pm in the Parlour café will help CHSW provide support and care to families of children with life-limiting conditions. Mince pies,… Read More…

Changes to Crewkerne and Ilminster schools to go ahead

Changes to Crewkerne and Ilminster schools to go ahead

Plans for major changes to protect the future delivery of education in the Crewkerne and Ilminster area will continue to progress following a High Court ruling. From September 2022, the area’s current three-tier school system will become a two-tier system with major changes including: Wadham School to become a secondary school. Maiden Beech, Ashlands, St… Read More…

Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit heading to Frome

Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit heading to Frome

A Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit is being set up at North Parade car park in Frome this week, as Somerset County Council continues to make testing more accessible to areas with acute need. Anyone wishing to get tested must book a test in advance, and tests are only available for those with coronavirus symptoms – a high… Read More…

Bath at Christmas – bringing sparkle to the city

Bath at Christmas – bringing sparkle to the city

A packed package of traditional fun and seasonal experiences, including details of a spectacular city light trail, have been launched as part of ‘Bath at Christmas’ – a festive programme to help the city sparkle and attract visitors this festive season. Bath & North East Somerset Council, Bath Business Improvement District, Visit West, SouthGate Bath… Read More…

Somerset Public Health Leaders urge Covid-safe behaviour over Half Term

Somerset Public Health Leaders urge Covid-safe behaviour over Half Term

This week marks the start of half term for the majority of Somerset schools, and with coronavirus case numbers still high across Somerset, Public Health leaders want to remind people that half term does not mean half measures when it comes to safety. People are encouraged to enjoy half term sensibly and take very simple… Read More…

Council funds free school meal vouchers for October half term

Council funds free school meal vouchers for October half term

Somerset County Council will again be providing help to families in need of support over the October half term. The Department for Work and Pensions has extended its Covid Local Support Grant, providing £230,000 to Somerset County Council to support vulnerable families, along with £57,000 from the Department of Health and Social Care’s Contain Outbreak… Read More…

Free school meal vouchers for autumn and winter holidays

Free school meal vouchers for autumn and winter holidays

Families whose children are eligible for benefit related free school meals will be provided with supermarket vouchers worth £20 for the October and Christmas holiday periods by Bath & North East Somerset Council. On October 22, eligible families who received vouchers from the council’s free school meals scheme during the summer holidays will automatically receive… Read More…

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