The Virtual School

The Virtual School exists to promote the educational achievement of Children in Care, under section 52 of the Children Act 2004. It ensures that Children in Care achieve educational outcomes comparable to their peers. It also establishes that there are robust procedures in place to enable Children in Care to achieve their full potential.

Structure of the Virtual School

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The Virtual School celebrates the achievements of all children in care and care leavers. This is done annually with an event based on a School Awards Ceremony.  Attendance has increased over time, with this year seeing all children in care from other authorities invited.  Certificates are awarded for:

  • achieving expected levels in SATs
  • achieving any GCSEs or equivalent
  • having good school attendance (95% +)
  • talents in and out of school life

Nominations come from schools, social workers or foster carers.

In 2016 we again worked with our partners in the University of Falmouth and held the event at their Tremough Campus.  Students designed our invitations and certificates based on a “Superheroes and Princesses” theme. They organised a range of activities for our children and their families to take part in.  We also had Nick Brennan, Cartoonist, and the famous Titan, an incredible robot who entertained children and adults alike.  We finished with a mouth-watering buffet.