Wales and Kiveton school heads join forces to help keep community centre open

Mr Pepe DiIsio, Mrs Judith Elstone, Coun Dominic Beck and representatives of Kiveton and Wales Nursery announce the new partnership
Mr Pepe DiIsio, Mrs Judith Elstone, Coun Dominic Beck and representatives of Kiveton and Wales Nursery announce the new partnership

Following the announcement last year of the planned closures of several children’s centres across Rotherham, Mr Pepe Di’Iasio , the headteacher of Wales High School, decided he was not prepared to see provision for the families of the local community suffer.

Collaborating with Judith Elstone, the headteacher of Kiveton Park Meadows Junior School, alongside the Kiveton and Wales Nursery, a partnership has been established to secure the future of the Sue Walker Children’s Centre and ensure that the centre continues to offer vital services to families and young people across its community.

Mr Di’Iasio said “We are delighted to have brought partners from across our community together to secure the future of the Sue Walker Centre.”

Announcing the partnership at the Sue Walker Centre, Mr Di’Iasio and Mrs Elstone were joined by Coun Dominic Beck, community governor at Wales High School, and representatives from Kiveton and Wales Nursery.

They will be joining forces to ensure that the Sue Walker Children’s Centre not only provides vital Sure Start provision and health services for young families in the community, but also offers nursery provision for these families over many years to come.

Coun Beck said “I am very pleased to have assisted in securing the future of the Sue Walker Children’s Centre, a much valued community facility, in partnership with Wales High School, Kiveton Park Meadows Junior School and Kiveton and Wales Nursery.

“It is important we protect the local services we have in support of our young people and future generations, and I am delighted to have been invited to chair the new partnership board for the centre.”