Somerset County Council

Home education


We appreciate and respect the right of parents to home educate their children and will work with families in a supportive and open manner to make sure that children remain safe, happy and receive a suitable education.

This webpage provides useful information to prospective and current home educating families across Somerset. In June 2016 there were approximately 667 home educated children in Somerset.

Everyone involved has responsibilities in home education whether they are parents, schools or the local authority, and you can read more about those responsibilities in this document

The local authority process 
This document explains what contact will be made with schools, with parents, and the purpose of this contact. This process has been put in place with the input of local home education groups across Somerset.

Useful contacts 
This document lists all the home education groups in Somerset that we know about. If you represent a home education group that is not listed in the document, please get in touch with us and we will add you.

College provision in Somerset

Bridgwater and Taunton College  
Bridgwater Campus
Bridgwater and Taunton College’s 14 to 16 Centre - offers a Home Education GCSE Programme. 

Bridgwater and Taunton College 
Taunton Campus
Bridgwater and Taunton College - Taunton Campus offers a small number of individualised opportunities for young people who are home educated and starting year 11. These learners are managed through our panel of specialist staff, with individual assessments, induction and personal monitoring and tracking in addition to our normal personal tutoring system. All such learners are invited to attend a full time study programme including English and maths as appropriate. Requests should be made individually to Jane de Boer, the learner 
transition co-ordinator -

Strode College
Strode College is primarily a post 16 provider. There are no bespoke programmes specifically geared towards 14 to 16, but applications from individual families including home educated students would always be considered. If an individual made an application, an interview would be arranged to discuss the study programme and the associated expectations regarding work and behaviour in a tertiary college context.   

A personalised study programme would be created to include Maths and English GCSEs and in all likelihood, an L2 vocational qualification.  

It is important to recognise that any individual aged 14 to 16 would be joining classes where students are predominantly aged 16 and 17 and each application would therefore need to be risk-assessed to ensure that this was a sensible decision from both an academic and social developmental perspective, and that there was a clear goal for progression. Strode College website

Yeovil College
Yeovil College is primarily a post 16 provider. There are no bespoke programmes specifically geared towards 14 to 16 year old learners who are not part of our school partnership work. We support applications from individuals, including home educated students and consider all applications individually. Any learners would infill into our college provision alongside predominantly 16 to 17 year old learners. We welcome applications from Year 11 (15 to 16 year olds), part time. In our experience learners of this age have been most successful in making the transition from a home educated environment to successfully completing programmes and progressing into further education or employment. 

If an individual makes an application, an interview will be arranged to discuss the programme of study, as well as the associated expectations around work and behaviour in a tertiary college context. Each application is risk assessed to ensure that this is a sensible decision from both an academic and social developmental perspective and that there is a clear goal for progression. Yeovil College website 

Exam Boards
These websites hold information helpful to private candidates around entry to exams, exam fees and centres at which your child can take their exams. They also give information about past papers, exam entry deadlines, A Level and BTEC qualifications.

Return to mainstream education
If you want your child to return to school you can request a place at any time. You must go through the normal in-year school admissions process because the school will not have kept a place open for your child. For help or guidance about this process please email


Contact: Elective Home Education Team
Address: County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY
Phone: 0300 123 2224

Opening Hours: Monday 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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