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The West Somerset Opportunity Area was launched by the government to raise education standards locally, providing every child and young person with the chance to reach their full potential.

The programme is focused on improving early years education, improving outcomes at primary and secondary school, and helping young people find a good job.

West Somerset is one of 12 areas in England chosen as an Opportunity Area, and forms a part of the government’s efforts to unlock the true potential of England’s young people.

From a child’s early years to their post-16 learning, outcomes for disadvantaged children and young people in West Somerset are well below the national average.

Through working in partnership with local organisations, businesses, schools, nurseries and colleges, we aim to overcome these challenges – providing everyone with the chance to go as far as their talents and hard work will take them.