AN OUTREACH children’s centre has been officially opened at Shocklach Oviatt CE Primary School which can serve children and families of neighbouring schools and surrounding villages.

Three years in the planning, the purpose of the centre is to offer a range of services to rural communities, under the guidance of the Children’s Centre based in Tarvin.

The new outreach provision is a shared vision of the headteachers of the three primary schools – Shocklach Oviatt, Clutton and Tilston Parochial – who have worked together with their Chairs of Governors make this scheme a reality.

The Children’s Centre aims to support and improve the lives of young children and families from a wide area, and is seen as a celebration of rural partnership working.

Sure Start provided some funding in creating this additional facility within the school. This area is intended for a multi-use facility to provide services including Stay and Play, speech and language sessions and Parent Education.

When it is not being used for outreach purposes, the space will provide a learning and teaching environment for Year 2 and 3 children.

New headteacher, Sue Clisham, said: “I feel very privileged to lead Shocklach School into a new chapter of its life

“The centre will add to our already thriving community and forge even stronger links between our three schools in the future.”