The virtual school are not a real school with buildings and classrooms, they are a group of people who work closely with your schools to make sure you enjoy school and do as well as you can. The virtual school work closely with designated teachers, social workers and others, giving advice to make sure Personal Education Plans (PEPs) will help you to make progress. For more information on the virtual school check out our guide Your Journey – Living Away from Home or visit their website.

Frome College

Heathfield Community School

Huish Episcopi Academy

Holyrood Academy


The King Alfred School

The Kings of Wessex Academy

The Blue School

Wadham School

West Somerset College

Bridgwater & Taunton College and

Richard Huish College

Strode College

Yeovil College

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund is money the government has given to local authorities, schools, colleges and other education and training providers to give to students who need financial help to stay in education. If you are a young person in care or a care leaver you can get a bursary of up to £1200 a year. The bursary fund is designed to help you with the costs of attending your course, your college or training provider can say what you should spend it on. For full information on 16-19 year old bursaries please visit the government website 
If you need a laptop for your studies then you can purchase this from your bursary. Alternately the council has access to a number of refurbished laptops that you can request through your social worker or leaving care worker. These laptops are not brand new, however should it break within the first 12 months then a replacement can be requested.

All of Becomes fact sheets are available to download in different 5 languages – Arabic, Kurdish, Pashto, Tigrinya & Vietnamese get your copy from their website.


Not sure what to do when you finish school?

There is a handy booklet that will guide you through your options.   The guide will help you find out about the many learning opportunities available in Somerset for 16 – 19 year olds, up to 25 years old if you have a special educational need and / or disability ( SEND). You can view or download a copy of Your Future guide here.

Propel is a website for care leavers which provides information on the financial support available at college and universities across the UK.

Some of the things you can find out are:

  • Whether 365 accommodation is available.
  • What bursaries and grants are on offer.
  • The help and support care leavers can expect.

There is plenty of other useful information which can be found here on the Propel Website.

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