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Virtual school for teachers

Imagine that every looked after child and young person in Blackpool attends the same school - we call this the Virtual School.

The Virtual School acts as a local authority champion to bring about improvements in the education of looked after children and young care leavers, promoting the educational achievement as if they were in a single school.


The staff of the Virtual School are responsible for monitoring (though not providing) their education including attendance , attainment and progress.

Virtual school contacts

Head of Virtual School

Jeremy Mannino
Telephone: 01253 477884

Education officer for LAC

Gemma Newton
Telephone: 01253 477027 or 07917394590

Pupil achievement support officer (Secondary)

Hayley Topselvi
Telephone 01253 477027 or 07469415018

Pupil achievement support officer (Primary)

Patrick O’Donnell
Telephone: 01253 477027 or 07917424438

Virtual school administrator

Elaine Shotliff
Telephone : 01253 476252