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The aim of the Virtual School is to ensure that Children Looked After (CLA) have the opportunity to fulfil their educational potential.
Although we are not a 'real' school with buildings and classrooms, our Virtual School brings together information about all children who are looked after by the Council - as if they were in a single school. It allows us to closely track each child's progress and ensure we can identify the specific support they may need at an early stage, so we can work with individual schools to implement any actions.
The role of the Virtual School is to:
The Corporate Parent
Corporate parents are councillors and local authority officers responsible for the children in care to them. They are responsible for providing standards of care that would be good enough for their own children.
Previously looked after children (Post CLA)
This specifically concerns those children who were CLA and are now subject to one of the following:
Special Guardianship Order
Child Arrangement Order
For these children and families, the virtual school provides a link to services and support.
Please contact the Virtual School Team for more information.
Together for adoption is the local regional adoption agency. They can offer advice and support to families post adoption.
The Virtual School Team
Head Teacher - Sarah Platt
Principal Education Officer - Janette Connolly
Personal Education Plan Co-ordinator - Nora Arnold
Administration Assistant - Sandra Black
For more information or if you want to contact the Virtual School Team, call on 01744 671092