South Somerset Partnership School Sign
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South Somerset Partnership School Building

Welcome to South Somerset Partnership School

I am incredibly proud to have worked in South Somerset Alternative Provision since 2012, initially as a Head of Centre before becoming Deputy and then, in 2016, Headteacher at South Somerset Partnership School.

Throughout my time in South Somerset I have had the privilege of seeing so many children and young people grow and develop, accessing opportunities and support in order to be successful as they progress into other educational establishments and on into adult life.  At SSPS we place great importance on the principles of a Quality Nurture Provision ‘This is a safe place and the adults are in charge’.  We subscribe wholly to the ethos within the Thrive Assessment Framework which helps us to identify developmental gaps and provides activities to rebuild brain pathways. It places connection, compassion, structure and relationships at the heart of all that we do.

Outcomes for our pupils show that this is a successful strategy. 100% of our Year 11 pupils achieved at least one GCSE in English or Maths, with the majority achieving in both subjects. We have utilised the ‘AP Transition’ funding provided by the DfE to work with our pupils over the summer, ensuring they successfully move into post 16 provision. 100% of our pupils who were able to access assessment made progress in their social and emotional development.

Last year, SSPS applied for ‘Thrive Ambassador’ status, currently we have been awarded Excellence in Reparative, Environment and Right Time. We are hoping to add to these until we have achieved Excellence in all 5 areas and can be deemed a Thrive ‘School of Excellence’. One of our previously commissioned cohorts ‘Project Fusion’ won’ Teacher of the Year’ at the South West Community Awards in May and we have also been nominated for the BBC SouthWest Radio ‘Keyworkers of the Year’ award.

Our most recent Ofsted report stated:

“You make sure that expectations are high. Lessons are about learning and trying your best. The learning environment is filled with positive prompts and messages to pupils.”

“You expect learning to be interesting, relevant and fun. As a result, pupils learn to apply their skills while doing practical activities that they enjoy.”

Demonstrating our absolute commitment to ensuring all our pupils are able to access a high-quality education, regardless of what has gone before.

Our vision remains strong; in the words of the poet Maya Angelou:

‘My mission is not that you survive, but that you thrive with passion, compassion, humour and style’

With very best wishes

Jo Simons


If you have concerns about the welfare of a child, please call

Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224

For up to date information on Covid symptoms generally and to check current government guidelines please go to or

Jo Simons | Area Headteacher

Mobile: 07880 042853

Notice Board

Exam time at SSPS

The Summer 2024 exam season is well underway at South Somerset Partnership School, with students sitting both GCSE and SATS examinations. We would like to wish all our students doing exams the very best of luck! Don’t forget to check out the revision materials on the ‘Parents’ tab of the website for extra practice and […]

King’s Coronation Celebrations

Students at Chard have been busy celebrating the coronation of King Charles III with lots of royal themed activities including: Using Maths to work out how many links to make for paper chains Royal themed worksheets and word searches for English Coronation Chicken for lunch.  They even had a union flag tablecloth!      

Key Events


Summer Term Ends on

Wednesday 24 July 2024

We wish all our Students and their families an enjoyable Summer Break.


Autumn Term Starts with Inset Days on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th September.  Students will return following re-enrolment which takes place on Thursday 5th September.

SSPS Term Dates and Holidays 2024-25

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is

Sarah Redington

‘Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility’

Our school recognises that the safety and welfare of children and young people is paramount and that we all have a responsibility to protect them from harm. We understand that it is the responsibility of all staff and governors to safeguard children and young people. We take all reasonable steps to ensure, through appropriate procedures and training, that all children and young people, irrespective of gender, age, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual identity or social background, are protected from harm.

South Somerset Partnership School
Dampier Street, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4EN

Tel:  01935 410793

South Somerset Partnership School are recruiting! For more information please see below or go to


South Somerset Partnership School is recruiting  enthusiastic Teaching Assistants!
This is an exciting time to join the team of staff at SSPS as we work alongside an Area Partnership to promote inclusion across South Somerset.
See for info and to apply

At 'includ-ed' conference. It may be a cold Saturday in London, but will be worth the journey. Proud to want to be part of what makes 'the difference'.

At 'includ-ed' conference. It may be a cold Saturday in London, but will be worth the journey. Proud to want to be part of what makes 'the difference'.

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