Our education



All children and young people must go to school between the age of 5 and 16. This is the law. We expect you to go to school and will help you to get the best from your education. We want you to get a good start in life, so we will help you to do well in school and encourage you to go on to further education after you are 16. 

"If I'm OK at home, I'll be ok at college"  Young person in care


 To help you do well at school..

You will have the help you need:

  • the equipment that you need for school and homework
  • use of a computer at home
  • extra help to catch up if you have been out of school for a time or have changed schools
  • a teacher could meet you at home to help you prepare for an important exam
  • extra help with reading or writing for example

Steve will help you with all this. He is really friendly and will answer your questions. Contact Steve

By clicking here

Tel: 01454 86 3131

Email: steve.claypoole@southglos.gov.uk

Steve Claypoole, Lead Teacher For Children in Care

Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate BS37 5AF


Make sure that your school knows that you are in care and work with us to help you:

Every school has a teacher who understands about being in care and how it might affect your education. This person is called the ‘Designated Teacher’. She or he will make sure that:

  • you have all the help you need
  • it is clear who and who doesn't know you are in care
  • the school believes you can do well, and helps to achieve your best
  • you have someone to talk to in school if you need help with anything
  • the school has all the information that they need about you

You might already have a good relationship with someone else in school that you trust, for example your tutor or Head of Year. This is fine - the Designated teacher won’t want to take over from them. 


Your school will make a plan that will say how we will help you with your education. This will make sure that:

  • you have all the help you need and want at school and the people who need to know are aware of any special needs you have
  • you don't have unnecessary changes of school
  • you are helped to decide what career you want
  • PEP?


Going to school every day is really important if you want to do well. Sometimes, you may not want to go to school - perhaps:

  Help with bullying
  • You are being bullied or teased - get help with this here
  • The teachers treat you differently because you are in care
  • There are other children in your home who don’t go, and who give you a hard time if you do
  • No-one encourages you or praises you
  • You’ve had to move school several times, and find it hard to settle in

If you are having problems at school, it is better to talk to someone you trust, as soon as possible. Not dealing with any problems will only make things worse.