West Berkshire Extended Services
Schools and services working together to offer improved life opportunities for children, families and adults living in the local communities.
What are extended schools and services?
A partnership of schools at the heart of your community, working together with health services, lifelong learning providers and childcare services. Each partnership offers support, care and opportunities for learning to children, young people and adults.
Services and activities are based on consultation with all stakeholders and sectors of the community. Schools will also increasingly link up with SureStart Children's Centres (services for children under the age of five) ensuring a more integrated service.
What do extended services offer your community?
High quality childcare 8am - 6pm for primary school children, and for secondary school students if demand is sufficient
Parenting support, including family learning and parent education
A variety of activities beyond the school day, e.g. ICT, sport, dance, homework and drama
Signposting or access to a wide range of specialist support services
Wider community access to schools' facilities for sport, arts and adult learning
What are the aims of these services?
To contribute to the outcomes of the 'Every Child Matters' agenda. This means helping young people be healthy, stay safe, and enjoy and achieve, whilst also contributing to the wider community and learning the skills to achieve future economic well-being.
To provide people in West Berkshire communities with access to the support services and learning opportunities they need locally. This involves the community having a say in the activities offered.
Source: West Berkshire Council 22/08/07
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Extended Services in Tilehurst and Purley
Based at Denefield school the Tilehurst and Purley Cluster was established early in 2006 to enable partnership schools to work collaboratively towards the Government's Extended Schools Initiative.
This initiative aims to encourage access for all to a wide range of services outside schools hours that is owned and driven by schools and the families they serve. The schools will aim to become the central hub of their community by providing an appropriate range of out of school hours educational, recreational and support activities for their pupils, parents and the wider community.
Extended Services in the Theale area
The Theale group started in 2006 and consists of 10 schools working together. The aim is to ensure that young people, families and the communities that it serves have access to a wide range of well organised, safe and stimulating activities and opportunities beyond the school day. Click here to visit the Action for All website.