Children and staff at Wynd-ham Park Nursery School were celebrating this week after receiving an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report.
The education inspectors graded the school with top marks for every single category including: the achievement of the pupils, the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of pupils and the leadership and management.
Headteacher Debbie Hayes was particularly proud of the school’s achievements.
She said: “To be once again recognised as an outstanding local authority nursery school is a credit to the hard-working and dedicated staff, to the supportive parents, to the committed governors and to the pupils who inspire and motivate us.”
In September, Ofsted changed the way it inspects early years providers to make it more focused on children’s education and their personal and emotional development.
The plan was for inspectors to give greater attention to the progress children make in their learning.
The changes were intended to give those looking after children more freedom in managing their own service, while continuing to keep children safe by strengthening registration and maintaining rigorous enforcement for those who are not complying with requirements.
National director of education Susan Gregory said: “It is crucial that children’s earliest experiences give them the best start in life.
“Through better inspection, Ofsted wants to help ensure that every child has the best possible support in their learning and development, whilst ensuring that they are safe and well cared for. That’s why inspections are going to focus even more on interactions with children, and less on paperwork.”
Headteacher Mrs Hayes added: “We were one of the first schools in the country to be inspected under the new Ofsted framework.
“It was such a lovely way to start the school year, to be graded outstanding in all areas, I am delighted.”
The school report highlighted the “happy, friendly” classrooms created by the teachers who “offer a vibrant range of stimulating activities that are carefully planned to help children make very strong gains in learning”.
The inspectors added that the pupils were well prepared for entering full-time education. And that they “behave exceptionally well and show by their ready smiles how safe they feel at the school and how willing they are to learn”. Parents and the local authority were also noted to recognise the school’s “exceptional quality”.
Wyndham Park Nursery School was purpose built in 1998. The building comprises three teaching areas; a red room, a yellow room and a green room.
The nursery school’s previous inspection was in January 2010, when inspectors also graded it “outstanding”.