Virtual School

The Virtual School supports the education of children in care. It is not a building and children and young people do not attend. They remain the responsibility of the school where they are enrolled.

We work in partnership with the child or young person's educational setting and their social worker, parents and carers. We support them to fulfil their potential at all stages of their education. This gives them the best opportunity to be successful in their adult lives. 

What the Virtual School offers

  • We support children from pre-school up to age 19 (or age 25 for those still in full-time education).
  • We provide advice and information on the education of children who were previously looked after by a local authority.
  • We have extended duties to take a strategic role in improving the educational outcomes of children with a social worker.

How to access support

Any school with a looked-after child on roll has a named Virtual School caseworker. Caseworkers are the first point of contact for advice on any aspect of the education of children in care. Contact us for details of the caseworker for a particular school.

You can also contact us for advice about previously looked-after children, or children with a social worker.

How to contact the Virtual School

Our office is open during East Sussex term time, Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm.

Phone: 01323 464 630


Post to: Virtual School for Children in Care, Hailsham Resource Centre, Dunbar Drive, Hailsham BN27 3UW

How the Virtual School is structured

Virtual School head

The head is responsible for promoting the educational achievement of all children and young people looked after by East Sussex County Council.

Governing body

The Virtual School has a governing body which is chaired by the Head of Looked After Children Services.

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