Virtual School - a message from the headteacher

The Virtual School exists to monitor and support the academic progress of children and young people in the care of Milton Keynes*.

Milton Keynes Virtual School works with children from 2-18 who are in the care of Milton Keynes. Many of these children will have experienced distress, loss and trauma which may have an effect on their development and education.

The Virtual School also offers support and advice to parents, school and social workers working with children who are previously looked after and those on the edge of care.

The school is 'virtual' because children and young people do not actually attend. They remain the responsibility of the school at which they are enrolled.

Specifically we are here to:

  • Promote the educational achievement of children and young people who are looked after and previously looked after children.
  • Raise attainment for the children and young people that are looked after by Milton Keynes.
  • Advise and guide the professionals working with looked after children, previously looked children and those children on the edge of care.
  • Support schools to develop programmes and systems which will ensure the gap is narrowed between the looked after children and all children.
  • Train professionals working with children that are on the edge of care, looked after and previously looked after children.
  • Champion the educational needs of all children with partner agencies who are involved with those children who are looked after, previously looked after and on the edge of care.

The Virtual School has a leaflet describing its offer to all partners and specific advice for carers please see the essential guidance and documents page.

Each year the Virtual School Head produces a report which explains the work of the Virtual School and the impact it is having on the outcomes of the children and young people involved.

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The Virtual School Team

The Virtual School has a dedicated team of professionals who work closely with everyone involved with the education of children who are looked after, previously looked after and those on the edge of care. To contact the Virtual School please ring the Virtual School Duty Line on 07881 875 294 between 08:30–15:00.    

Rhian Williams – Virtual School Headteacher

Email:  Rhian.williams@milton-keynes.gov.uk

Jenny Cooledge – Deputy Virtual School Head

Email:  Jenny.Cooledge@milton-keynes.gov.uk

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Virtual School Team members

Louise Cooper – PEP Quality and Compliance Officer

 Email:  Louise.Cooper@milton-keynes.gov.uk

Beverly Carlin - PEP Quality and Compliance Officer.

 Email:  Beverly.Carlin@milton-keynes.gov.uk

Michelle Batchelor-Bowman – PEP Quality and Compliance Officer

Email: Michelle.Batchelor-Bowman@milton-keynes.gov.uk

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Marie Hinson – School Improvement Officer for Vulnerable Children

Email: Marie.Hinson@milton-keynes.gov.uk

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Jenny Appleby – Post-16 Improvement Officer

Email: Jennifer.Appleby@milton-keynes.gov.uk

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Andy Ferguson – Virtual School Specialist Support Officer

Email:  Andrew.Ferguson@milton-keynes.gov.uk

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Last Updated: 14 September 2020