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Virtual School for Children in Care

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's Virtual School acts as a champion to bring about improvements in the education of:

  • children in care
  • young care leavers
  • adopted children and
  • children subject to Special Guardianship Orders  

The Virtual School promotes their educational achievement as if they were in a single school and ensure that they receive a high quality education as a foundation for improving their lives.

The Virtual School works closely with the Children and Young People Disability Service to support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, who are not living at home due to their particular needs or family circumstances.  Support may involve:

  • Acting as an advocate for the child/young person
  • Supporting any applications for an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan and providing professional evidence of their specialist educational needs
  • Ensuring children and young people have a robust and effective Personal Education Plan and that is monitored and evaluated  
  • Attending Annual Reviews


Who to contact

Contact Name
Suzanne Parrott/ Clare Farley
Contact Position
Virtual Head Teacher for Primary /Secondary Schools
01628 683675

Where to go

Virtual School
Town Hall
St. Ives Road

Local Offer

What are the eligibility criteria for your service?
The Virtual School supports children and young people up to the age of 25 who are:
- children in care
- young care leavers
- adopted children and
- children subject to Special Guardianship Orders (SGOs).
How are referrals/applications made to your service?
Referral to the service is through Social care for the children/young people in care.
For adopted children and young people referral would be through their parents.
Who provides / funds your service?
Local Authority
Are children, young people, parents / carers charged for your service?
Feedback and complaints procedure
Any feedback can be sent directly to the Virtual School Headteachers using the above contact details.
Any complaints would be heard by the Governing Board.
How will I know my child/ young person will be safe using this service?
Both the Virtual School Headteachers have enhanced DBS checks. Any tutors and therapists used also have these checks.
Local Offer Age Bands
0-5, 5-11, 11-16, Preparing for Adulthood
Supporting people with
  • Autism
  • Behavioural, emotional, social difficulties
  • Hearing impairment
  • Medical needs
  • Moderate learning difficulties
  • Physical disabilities
  • Profound and multiple learning difficulties
  • Severe learning difficulties
  • Specific learning difficulties
  • Speech, language communication needs
  • Visual Impairment
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Address: Town Hall  St. Ives Road  Maidenhead  Berkshire

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