Education

Choosing a secondary school

Choosing a secondary school

While the new school term and having to pick a secondary school seems like an age away right now, it soon creeps up on you and there are plenty of schools offering chances to visit during the summer. There’s a lot to think about when choosing a secondary school, especially because your child’s personality, strengths… Read More…

Thank A Teacher Day 26th May

Thank A Teacher Day 26th May

It’s national ‘Thank a Teacher’ day on 26 May 2022, giving everyone an opportunity to send a message of gratitude to the hard working educational professionals who helped shape lives today. Somerset County Council is inviting everyone to share their videos on the Council’s social media thanking that one teacher who made the biggest impact… Read More…

Rise in number of Somerset students taking on Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Rise in number of Somerset students taking on Duke of Edinburgh Awards

More and more ambitious young people in Somerset are taking up the opportunity to improve their leadership and communication skills by pursuing a Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award. Following two years of turbulence caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Somerset DofE team are delighted that a total of 2,649 students have started an award in… Read More…

Somerset primary school admission figures announced for 2022

Somerset primary school admission figures announced for 2022

 More than 98 per cent of Somerset children were offered a primary school place at one of their top three choices, the County Council’s latest school admission figures show. Overall, 98.62 per cent of the 5,296 applicants were offered a place at one of their top three primary school choices, and 93.4 per cent received… Read More…

National Shakespeare Day – 23rd April

National Shakespeare Day – 23rd April

As well as being St George’s Day, did you know that 23rd April is also National Shakespeare Day? It is the day that is believed to be the date of William Shakespeare’s birth (a not so fun fact is that he also died on 23rd April…) and as he is arguably one of Britain’s greatest… Read More…

Former Ofsted head Sir Michael Wilshaw visits Somerset Schools

Former Ofsted head Sir Michael Wilshaw visits Somerset Schools

Former head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw visited several Somerset schools this week (14 and 15 March) as part of ambitious plans to help improve education performance, drive forward high standards and give all Somerset children the best start in life. Somerset County Council appointed Sir Michael Wilshaw and Loic Menzies, former Chief Executive of… Read More…

Children’s Mental Health Week

Children’s Mental Health Week

During the month of February, there is a real focus on the mental health of children and young people, especially during Children’s Mental Health Week which this year takes place between 7th – 13th Feb. This year’s week will have a theme of “Growing Together”, which will encourage young people and the adults in their… Read More…

School’s Football Week is back!

School’s Football Week is back!

The English School’s Football Association has announced the return of School’s Football Week, which this year will be taking place between 7th and 13th February. This year, the ESFA will be partnering with Haier, the No.1 Global Major appliance brand who will be supporting the campaign and will be raising more awareness of the initiative.… Read More…

New primary school marks a milestone

New primary school marks a milestone

A new £7.3 million primary free school planned for Taunton will be sponsored by The Castle Partnership Trust following Government approval, marking an important milestone in the school’s journey. The eventual 420-place primary, with early years provision, is set to become Somerset’s first net zero carbon school, and only the third ‘passivhaus’ school in the… Read More…

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