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Welcome from the Virtual School Headteacher for Looked After Children, previous Looked After and Vulnerable Learners

We would like to welcome you to Worcestershire Virtual School.  Our School aims to promote high aspirations for our children placed in care and previously looked after, to ensure all pupils are given the opportunity to succeed and develop their full potential.  We believe that every individual is capable of achieving, and constantly striving for excellence.

Our Virtual School is not a teaching tool or online learning environment.  We do not replace the school or educational provision for our Looked After Children.  We are a statutory service which exists to support and challenge all those involved in the education of children in care. We work primarily with school age children and use the Personal Educational Plan as a vehicle for raising standards and improving educational outcomes.  We also support Post 16 learning and Early Years and have a network of staff supporting colleagues and agencies in these areas.

Our website is designed just to give you a flavour of some of the exciting things that we do here, our children, our achievements, our environment and our ethos.  It aims to be a focal point for everyone working with previously Looked After, Looked After Children and Care Leavers.  It is a place to access information, advice and guidance, link and share best practice and gain a complete picture of the multi-agency work which goes on in support of our young people.  We work with a range of agencies and partners to provide an opportunity where self-esteem can flourish and pupils can learn self-reliance, independence and the skills for independent learning.  We aim to help our children become knowledgeable, healthy, responsible and compassionate future citizens.

Worcestershire County Council has corporate parenting responsibility for our Looked After Children and, like all parents, valuing and supporting children's education is one of the most important contributions the Council can make to their lives.

We will continue to offer a unique opportunity and experience for pupils to be educated in an environment, which allows them to explore and deepen their life chances, whilst achieving a high standard of education for life.  We are dedicated to developing happy and successful students.

The Virtual School works closely with colleagues both in education settings and Social Care.  The Virtual School highlights the importance of education and educational stability within every decision made about the provision or care of individual children.