Welcome to Lewisham Virtual School

Lewisham Virtual School promotes and supports the educational attainment and progress of children and young people in care from Nursery to 18 years old, through effective collaboration with schools, social care, and other agencies.


Our main responsibility is to monitor and support the education of all children and young people who are cared for by the local authority as if they were in a single school. We work to ensure that each child’s progress at school remains priority to ensure their achievement.

All local authorities have a statutory duty under the Children Act 1989 to safeguard and promote the welfare of looked after children, and in turn their educational progress and achievement.

Lewisham Virtual School is led by Patrick Ward, the Virtual School Headteacher and supported by a team of dedicated professionals who support and advise on the educational progress of looked after children.