Community Links

At East Dene Primary we are very proud to have strong links with the community.

Staff from Coleridge Children’s Centre lead our EYFS  Stay and Play sessions every week.  They also provide practical training for parents and carers and are currently running a cookery club which is accessed by parents from neighbouring schools as well as our own.

Staff from East Dene Primary also help out at the Clifton Learning Partnership Community Cafés held during school holidays.  The Community Café happens one day each school holiday and aims to provide a free hot meal and food to take away for families in financial need. Family-focussed activities take place that aim to build community and family relationships as well as passing on key messages in a low-key, friendly environment.

Year 5 visit to University Centre Rotherham

As part of their topic ‘Through the Decades’ Year 5 visited the old Doncaster Gate site which is to become the University Centre Rotherham.  As well as learning about the history of the site the visit also prompted the children to consider their future ambitions and aspirations.  Please read the following account to learn more about this inspirational visit.

As Year 5 approached the building site which many walk past every day, they stopped to look at the workmen high up on the edge of the building.  Excitedly, we met Alan and he informed us of some of the risks when on a building site. We were each issued with hardhats, gloves and high visibility jackets. During our visit we learned of the history of Doncaster Gate as well and its future. We were shown around the building and held many building materials.  We saw where the entrance to the university will be as well as the lift and canteen.  Alan said that we will be welcome to come back when they are near completion.

Many of us are hoping to go to university and having a campus so very close will make it more cost effective and possible for us to attend.

“I have really enjoyed finding out that Doncaster Gate was once a hospital and now it is going to be a university.” Racheal Class 12

“In the future I would like to be a teacher. Having a university so close will help me a lot.”  Arwa, Class 13