Swindon Virtual School

What is a Virtual School and what is its purpose?

The Virtual School does not exist in real terms as a building, and children and young people do not attend. They remain the responsibility of the school at which they are enrolled.

The Virtual School works in partnership with the child or young person’s school/educational setting to ensure that they are supported to fulfil their potential at all stages of their education, and to give them the best opportunity to be successful in their adult lives. Whilst looked after children attend different schools/settings across Swindon and in other local authorities, the Virtual School monitors their attendance, attainment and achievement, and makes sure that their educational success is a top priority in their care planning.

Children who are looked after attract additional funding to support the targets or outcomes set out in their Personal Education Plans (PEPs). This is called Pupil Premium Plus and is administered by the Headteacher of the Virtual School.

How to contact the Virtual School team

Our team includes staff from a range of services working together to promote and support the education of children in care. Please contact us using the below information.

Telephone:  01793 464335
E-mail: vsadmin@swindon.gov.uk

Headteacher Swindon Virtual School
Sonja Joseph

Lead Consultant Swindon Virtual School
Gemma Meiklejohn

Office Administrator Swindon Virtual School
Emmeke van der Vaart

How we support children in care and care leavers

Information for carers, social workers and elected members

Information for schools, settings and governors

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