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This page gives you information about the types of schools in Somerset and things to think about when deciding which school you are going to apply for. Whether your child is starting school, moving to their next school or moving to another school during the school year, it is important that you know what your choices are.  

School contact information is also provided in the Primary Admissions Guide and the Secondary Admissions Guide, which are in Information and resources.

To find a school and its catchment area on a map, please use the button below.

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You can find information about schools and educational establishments we maintain on our Somerset Learning Platform website

The directory allows you to search for a school by school name, treasurer number, DfE number or nearest town  It covers primary, middle, secondary, upper and special schools, and pupil referral units (PRUs), and includes this information

  • address

  • phone and fax numbers

  • email address

  • website address

  • map link

  • age range

  • number on roll

  • information about the headteacher

The directory does not include further education colleges because they are independent corporations with no formal legal or financial links to us, But many of our services work closely with the post 16 provision to ensure the best possible outcomes for young people in Somerset.

In Somerset there are four further education colleges

We have a number of sixth form schools offering post-16 programmes. Details of these schools are available in the directory - search by entering the appropriate age range or by selecting 'upper' in the school type search menu.

Different types of school in Somerset

  • Infant schools - these are for children from  4 to 7, who then usually go on to a nearby junior school

  • First schools - these are for children from 4 to 9, who then usually go on to middle school

  • Primary schools - these are for children from 4 to 11, who then usually go on to a secondary school

  • Junior school - these are for children from 7 to 11, who then usually go on to a secondary school

  • Middle schools - these are for children from 9 to 13, who then go on to upper school

  • Upper schools - these are for children aged 13 to 18

  • Secondary schools - these are for children aged 11 to 16, or 18

  • There is one all-through Academy which is for children aged  4 to 16  

Schools will have one of the following names, depending on who makes admission decisions. 

  • Community - we are the admissions authority and make all admission decisions

  • Voluntary Controlled - we are the admissions authority and make all admission decisions

  • Voluntary Aided - the governing body of the school is the admissions authority and all decisions are made using their own published admission arrangements 

  • Foundation - the governing body of the school is the admissions authority and all decisions are made using their own published admission arrangements

  • Academy - the academy trust is the admissions authority and all decisions are made using their own published admission arrangements

  • Free School - the academy trust is the admissions authority and all decisions are made using their own published admission arrangements  

Independent Schools 
There are several non local authority maintained, fee paying schools in Somerset. You can get more information from the Independent Schools Council Information Service. 

Independent Schools Council 
First Floor 
27 Queen Anne's Gate 
London 
SW1H 9BU

Phone 020 7766 7070
Fax 020 7766 7071
http://www.isc.co.uk/

The best way to find out more about schools is to visit them. Contact the school for more information.

You can also

  • visit the school website

  • attend the open day/evenings (see the primary and secondary guides for dates)

  • look at the school's profile at GOV.UK

  • get a copy of the school's most recent OFSTED (The Office for Standards in Education) inspection report. These are available from the school, you can see them at your local library, or at http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/

  • see the published GCSE examination results for secondary and upper schools. You can find this at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-gcses-key-stage-4

  • consider distance, travelling and transport

Somerset Skills and Learning
Somerset Skills and Learning also offer a range of courses. All residents and businesses in Somerset and the surrounding areas can participate in these courses. You can find information about courses and course content on the Somerset Skills and Learning website.


Contacts

Contact Admissions and Entitlements Team 
Address County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY
Email schooladmissions@somerset.gov.uk 
Phone 0300 123 2224 
Fax 01823 356113 
Opening Hours Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm, Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed

Contact: Children and Young People's Team 
Address: Customer Contact, PO Box 618, Taunton, Somerset TA1 3WF
Email childrens@somerset.gov.uk 
Phone 0300 123 2224 
Fax 01823 321187

Contact Bath and N.East Somerset - School Admissions
Phone 01225 394312
Email admissions_transport@bathnes.gov.uk

Contact Devon - School Admissions 
Phone 0845 1551019
Email admissions@devon.gov.uk

Contact Dorset - School Admissions 
Phone 01305 228509
Email admissions@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Contact North Somerset - School Admissions 
Phone 01275 884078
Email cyps.admissions@n_somerset.gov.uk 

Contact Wiltshire - School Admissions 
Phone 01225 713010
Email admissions@wiltshire.gov.uk

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