Working with looked after children

The Virtual School for Children in Care

The Virtual School ensures that children and young people in care do as well as possible at school. It works with schools, social workers and carers to provide support for students:

  • from pre-school and reception up to age 19 (or 25 for those in full time education)
  • wherever they are educated

Outcomes and provisions are planned via Personal Education Plan (PEP) meetings.

The Virtual School also provides advice and guidance for children:

  • adopted from care
  • on special guardianship orders (SGO), or
  • on child arrangement orders (CAO)

Virtual Headteacher

The Virtual Headteacher, Mandy Lewis, leads a team who have responsibility for all the children and young people in care. They:

  • monitor their progress
  • champion their educational needs and
  • provide or commission additional support

Contact Details

Virtual School for Children in Care
Hailsham Resource Centre,
Dunbar Drive
BN27 3UW

Governing Body

The Virtual School has a governing body and the chairperson is Sally Carnie.

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