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The Virtual School

Who are we?

The Virtual School is a team of teachers and dedicated education professionals who work to support the education of Gloucestershire Looked After Children and care leavers, although our children also remain the responsibility of the school at which they are enrolled. 

What Do We Do?

As a 'Corporate Parent' for Looked After Children, our role is to champion the educational needs of our young people. This involves monitoring progress and attendance, supporting our young people and professionals around them, quality assuring personal education plans, planning targeted interventions and celebrating achievements. To do this, we work together with schools, carers, social workers, health professionals and education professionals, to help children achieve their full potential.

We aim to offer practical support for children, young people and their carers throughout their education. We are also there to support at specific times such as the transfer to primary or secondary, moving schools, exclusions and gaining appropriate support for any special educational needs.

During the academic year, two Personal Education Plan (PEP) meetings are held to make sure that everything is in place for the young person to achieve their full potential as their education progresses. These meetings, usually held at the school, involve the young person, the social worker, a representative from the school, the carer and usually the Virtual School learning mentor.

The Virtual School will challenge and offer support to young people and professionals to ensure that the best possible progress is made by the young person, in the best possible educational placement.

In addition to the direct educational supports that we offer, the Virtual School also values wider achievements and learning so we offer a host of opportunities including; Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, Summer School, Build a bike project, horse riding academy and sports taster days.

The Virtual School team is based at:

Battledown Centre
Harp Hill
Cheltenham
Glos
GL52 6PZ

Phone: 01452 328360