Despite being surprised with an Ofsted inspection on the day of their Christmas party, Wyndham Park Nursery School has once again been graded ‘outstanding’.
Following the inspection on December 16, Grantham’s only local authority maintained nursery school has been praised for continuing to provide an ‘outstanding quality of education’.
In her report, Ofsted inspector Jan Connor said: “High aspirations permeate the setting and children come to school every day excited about what they are going to learn.
She continued: “In 2015, well over half of the children gained skills and understanding above those typical for their age across all seven early learning goals.”
The Ofsted inspector also praised additions to the school’s provision since the last report, including new outdoor play areas, and the use of an online learning portal enabling parents’ to monitor children’s progress. “Careful tracking of each child’s development, good-quality questioning and well-developed resources support children’s excellent progress in learning,” Ms Connor added, with staff described as ‘passionate about early years education’.
Laura Cook, head teacher at Wyndham Park since September 2014, was described in the report as ‘an inspirational early years leader’ who is ‘innovative and forward thinking’.
Delighted with the report, Mrs Cook said: “I am obviously thrilled with the result of the recent inspection. It came as a shock when we received the call as the inspection took place on the penultimate day of term and the day of our Christmas party!
“However the staff and governors have worked so hard and have been enthusiastic and committed to driving the nursery forward. This is the third consecutive ‘outstanding’ judgement for the school and is recognition of the hard work and effort by the entire team that goes on throughout the year.
“We are proud that our nursery is full of happy children and their parents; without their support our role would be a lot more difficult. It is a success for everyone concerned.”
Mrs Cook added that the team at Wyndham Park are continuing to look forward, with September 2016 set to be the first academic year when they will implement a new school centred initial teacher training programme. This will see the nursery school lead the training of primary teacher trainees in partnership with several other Lincolnshire schools.