The best start in life
From birth to college, our children and young people are supported by Lincolnshire Children’s Services to reach their full potential
From day one!
Forty-eight children’s centres around the county offer a lifeline for parents-to-be and families with youngsters from birth to five. There’s guidance on first aid, health, finance, childcare, education, child behaviour, communication, and even training and employment. For the tots and toddlers themselves, activities include play, singing and crafts, helping them learn and socialise while having fun! To find your local children’s centre, go to www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/parents/childrenscentres.
On to nursery
When the kids are a bit older, it’s time for nursery - whether one of the many private schools or one of the five run by the council. As with children’s centres, they’re the perfect place for youngsters to learn and develop social skills, while parents enjoy a much-needed break! Nursery schools have a set number of funded places, and can also sell vacant ones or additional hours. Parents apply for a place directly to the nursery. The standard intake is in September, January and April, but children can join at any time.
Every child and young person has different needs, and we’re constantly looking to improve the support we offer. For those with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and their families, there are 20 special schools across Lincolnshire. At these centres, 1,764 pupils are helped to achieve their full potential in a safe, supportive setting. New Government guidelines have led to a much-improved approach to providing SEND support up to the age of 25 - see www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/parents/schools/sen.
Our “big schools”
Parental choice is a big factor behind the success of the county’s 55 secondary schools. There are 49 academies, three foundation schools, one university technical college and two council-run schools. Year after year, our schools beat the national average for GCSE and A-level results, thanks to the hard work of staff and pupils. Last year, provisional figures show that nearly 62% of Lincolnshire pupils achieved A*-C grades in English and Maths. They also indicate that students scored an impressive 99% pass rate at A-level.
Getting to college
The council also helps many older children with travel to a sixth form or college. To qualify, students must attend a sixth form - normally their nearest one - more than three miles from home. The council will subsidise 60% of the cost, with the student asked to pay the remaining £500. To apply - and for details of SEN transport to school and college - go to www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schooltransport.
Enough school places
The council is constantly reviewing demand, such as increased birth rates or new housing developments, to ensure enough school places across the county. In addition to building new schools, we also plan extensions and refurbishments at existing schools to increase capacity and update facilities.
A new Lincolnshire Learning Partnership -led by schools themselves - helps maintain and push up standards. Initiatives include headteachers visiting other schools to highlight strengths and areas for improvement. Many smaller schools also share resources and best practice.
Applying for a place
A big majority of children and young people get their first choice of school - 92.5% for primaries and 91.8% for secondaries last year. Despite more than 7,600 children wanting a place, no child was left without one. Parents and carers can apply for secondary schools from September and primaries from November. Visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions.
Free school meals
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2are entitled to a free school meal every day, funded by the Government. These healthy and nutritious lunches save parents up to £450 a year. Research shows they also improve pupils’ concentration and wellbeing. In addition, schools get additional funding (“Pupil Premium”) if you get certain benefits and are claiming free school meals. This funding - £1,320 per primary pupil and £935 for a secondary student - can be used to support your child’s learning. Contact your child’s school or visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/foodinschools.
Keeping them safe
In the modern world, children and young people can be vulnerable to manipulative adults on the internet and tragic incidents of cyber-bullying. The Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board works in schools talking to children about a range of online issues, while also helping train teachers about e-safety.Go to www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lscb.
Good mental health
Schools enjoy fast access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for children and young people. They are also helped to recognise concerns at the earliest opportunity and promote the emotional wellbeing of all pupils. Visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing.
The council spends £25m on home-to-school transport to ensure eligible children get to and from school. Generally, for primary school children, the nearest suitable school must be over two miles away, while for secondary pupils it’s three. School transport without the need to apply may also be available for children with additional needs. Visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schooltransport or call the council’s customer service centre on 01522 782020. The deadline is 31 July.
- More than 100,000 children and young people go to school in Lincolnshire.
- The latest Ofsted figures rate 90% of Lincolnshire schools as either good or outstanding.
- For a full list of all county schools, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schools.