We provide support for 74 schools, delivering education to approximately 28,000 pupils across North Somerset and we have a statutory duty to provide every child in North Somerset with an education.
Finding or contacting a school
Use our interactive map to find schools in North Somerset or view information about:
A number of schools in North Somerset are academies which are independent from local authority control, and directly funded by central government. For more information read our academies FAQs.
We manage allocations for first admissions, in-year changes and the transfer of pupils between schools in North Somerset. Find out about admissions.
School governing bodies are responsible for deciding whether pupils should wear uniforms and the headteacher's role is to ensure they comply with the agreed dress code; any complaints you have about uniform should be raised with governors at your child's school. In some circumstances we provide school clothing grants to parents and carers who are on benefits and under certain financial hardship, and we may be able to help if your child has medical needs requiring extra clothing or where clothing has been left or destroyed. For more information contact our education welfare service.
We support schools taking part in the eco-schools programme, an international scheme run by the Foundation for Environmental Education and administered in England by Keep Britain Tidy. The scheme involves pupils, staff, parents, governors and the local community in making schools more sustainable and reducing their environmental impact. For more information visit the Keep Britain Tidy website.
We support governors, governing bodies and senior school managers to help schools raise standards so every pupil achieves their full potential. We also make sure that governing bodies are aware of their statutory roles and responsibilities. For more information about becoming a governor, read our becoming a governor FAQs.
Some people choose to educate their children at home. Read our elective home education guidance (pdf) to find out more. For more information contact our elective home education liaison officer.
Home to school transport and crossing patrols
We provide home to school transport for around 3,000 eligible children and 200 fare-paying children in North Somerset. Find out more about home to school transport including eligibility and entitlement, how to apply, appeals, policies and school crossing patrols.
Key stage one moderation appeals procedure
The Standards and Testing Agency request that all local authorities publish an appeals process for key stage 1 moderation. Moderation is the process where local authority moderators agree teacher assessments in line with national standards. All schools need to refer to the appeals process (pdf) if they disagree with the final outcome of the moderation visit.
Our school meals provide a healthy, balanced nutritional meal every day. The menus are varied and take into account the food that children want as well as providing the recommended nutrients as part of every meal. See menus and recommended selling prices, as well as eligibility for free school meals by reading our school meals FAQs.
To meet requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998, (updated September 2012), schools need to issue a privacy notice to parents summarising the information held about pupils, why it is held, and details of other organisations who may have access to the information. The following notices can be downloaded:
School closure dates
When schools decide to close for inset days we prepare a school closure list (pdf). This shows parents when schools have planned to close.
School nursery classes
These are OfSTED inspected nursery classes in North Somerset, open during school hours to provide early education for children aged three to five years.
- Bournville Primary, 52 places: Headteacher: Mr A Matthews Telephone: 01934 641 783 for more information visit the Bournville Primary website
- Crockerne Church of England Primary, 52 places: Headteacher: Mrs L Furmidge Telephone: 01275 372 659 for more information visit the Crockerne Primary website
- Herons' Moor Primary, 52 places: Headteacher: Mrs J Fox Telephone: 01934 427 373 for more information visit the Herons' Moor Primary website
- High Down Infant, 78 places: Headteacher Mrs A Cowan Telephone: 01275 843 969 for more information visit the High Down Infant website
- Oldmixon Primary, 52 places: Headteacher: Mr M Greenwood Telephone: 01934 812 879 for more information visit the Oldmixon Primary website
- St. George's Voluntary Aided Primary, 52 places: Headteacher: Mrs S Medley Telephone: 01934 426 901 for more information visit the St. Georges Primary website
- Trinity Anglican Methodist Primary, 60 places: Headteacher: Mrs K Sancto Telephone: 01275 397 710 for more information visit the Trinity Primary website
- Windwhistle Primary, 60 places: Headteacher: Mrs L Hunt Telephone: 01934 629 145 for more information visit the Windwhistle Primary website
Section 251 statements
We have to provide information about the planned and expected expenditures that are required under section 251 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009.
Download our budget and outturn statements (pdf).
Strategic schools forum
The strategic schools forum is a statutory body which meets to discuss matters relating to schools and academies, early years funding formula, contracts for supplies and services as well as arrangements for special educational needs, the use of pupil referral units and education other than at school. See our strategic schools forum FAQs for more information.
There is no legal requirement for school staff to administer medication but they have to ensure the health and safety of all pupils in their care. If your child needs medicine it is essential they have written permission from you, and instructions from you or their doctor specifying: the medication involved, circumstances under which it should be administered and the frequency and levels of dosage. You should hand over medicines to the appropriate member of staff so they will be stored safely, clearly labelled with the child's name and dosage instructions. If you consider your child responsible, you should encourage them to carry their own inhaler if they have asthma or a breathing disorder, otherwise it should be kept somewhere safe where they can have immediate access to it. For more information contact your child's school directly.
Term dates and holidays
The school year is based on a calendar of 195 days, with five days used for staff training. Schools will be open for the legal minimum of 190 days or 380 sessions. View school holidays and terms dates.
Truancy and exclusion
We have a responsibility to reduce truancy and make sure every child attends school regularly to make the most of their education. Our education welfare service can help if your child is about to be excluded from school. For more information read our truancy and exclusion FAQs.
Winterstoke Village: proposal for a new primary school
We are seeking expressions of interest from anyone wishing to be considered as a potential sponsor for a new mainstream primary school. For more information read our Winterstoke Village: proposal for a new primary page.