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Out of School Activities

Dudley’s looked after children are encouraged to take part in out of school activities to help build personal and social skills, raise educational achievement and improve life chances.

The Virtual School is directly involved in promoting and/or running a number of initiatives:

The Letterbox Club

The Letterbox Club aims to improve educational achievement for Looked after Children aged 7-11. Children receive a regular package containing a book, maths activities and stationery.  Packs are sent out between June and October which helps to bridge the gap in educational provision during summer holidays. 

Packs are available for: 

Year 1 (Orange)
Year 3 (Blue)
Year 5 (Red)
Year 7 (Green)
SEN - ages 7-9 (Yellow)

Schools can sign up on the BookTrust website.

Library Membership

We work alongside local libraries to encourage young people to enjoy reading and become involved with their local library.

Options cards

The Options+ Leisure Discount Scheme offers significant savings to on leisure activities across the borough and is available to Foster Families and children in residential care.

Options+ Leisure Scheme

Sycamore Adventure

Sycamore Adventure is a truly amazing place for children’s play. The two acre site boasts swings, slides, trampolines, tree houses, hobbit house, forest area, water play, sand pit, boat, jeep, giant play barn complete with soft play, sensory room, large play hall, café, toilets, care room and car parking. Sycamore Adventure has received a raft of local and national awards in recognition of the outstanding service that it provides to our community. Sycamore Adventure offers Public play sessions, children’s parties, school trips, on site café and mutually beneficial partnership opportunities for businesses which provide direct benefit to children.

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