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About The Virtual School

The Virtual School works to support the education of Looked After children and Care Leavers and believe young people should not only reach their best academically but also develop a thirst for knowledge and a love of learning.

What is a virtual school?

We have developed a Virtual School for Looked After Children and young people within Lincolnshire’s Children’s Services.  We have taken the organisational structure of a school and used it to better enable us to raise the achievement of Looked After Children.

The Virtual School is an organisational tool to enable effective coordination of educational services for Looked After Children, at a strategic and operational level. The school does not exist in real terms as a building and children do not attend; they remain the responsibility of the school at which they are enrolled.

The Virtual School works with real schools and others to ensure that all children and young people enjoy school, that they are fully engaged as learners, and that they are supported in tackling and overcoming the challenges that they face as they progress through the learning process. We strive to not only provide them with the highest quality education, but also to help them become happy, successful and fulfilled individuals.

The Virtual School acts as a local authority champion to bring about improvements in the education of Looked After Children and to promote their educational achievement as if they were in a single school. Ensuring that they receive a high quality education is the foundation for improving their lives.

Who we work with

  • All young people who are looked after by Lincolnshire age 3-18 wherever they are educated.
  • Carers and professionals linked to the above children and young people.
  • Links to other Local Authority Virtual Schools.

What we do

We aim to offer practical support to children, young people and their carers on day to day issues such as support with reading, homework and contacting school. We can offer individual interventions to help all young people to achieve their potential. Also we are there to support at specific times such as the transfer to secondary, moving schools, exclusions and gaining appropriate support for special educational needs.

During the academic year three or more Personal Education Plan (PEP) meetings are held to make sure that everything is in place, in order for the young person to achieve their educational potential as their education progresses. These meetings, usually held at the school, involve the young person, the social worker, a representative from the school and possibly the carer and the Virtual School representative.

The Virtual School will challenge and offer support to young people and adults to ensure that the best possible progress is made by the young person, in the best possible educational placement.

Contact Us


Telephone: 01522 550274

Collect Your School Offer Online

The online admissions system is available to Lincolnshire parents who have applied online for a Reception, Junior or Year 7 place.

1 March 2018 for Secondary school offers

16 April 2018 for Primary or Junior offers


Apply Online for a School Place

Apply for a mid-year school place


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Last updated: 8 December 2017

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