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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Gold stars for nursery – again!

CLEATOR Moor Nursery has been graded an “outstanding” school – for the fifth consecutive time.

The school has again received a flawless report from an Ofsted inspector and is said to be “outstanding” – the highest grade possible – in every category.

“The school has a warm and welcoming ethos where every child is valued and nurtured to achieve a high standard and to be an independent, confident and happy learner,” said the report.

The school has 46 three-to five-year-olds on its roll.

The report continued: “Achievement is outstanding. Children start school with skills that are well below those typically expected for their age.

“They make excellent progress in all areas of learning and development. By the time they leave, most children’s skills are at the levels expected for their age.

“The curriculum is rich in resources and experiences that lead to the children’s outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

“Teaching is outstanding overall and never less than good. The teaching of letters and sounds and of mathematical skills is particularly effective. Children’s behaviour is exemplary. They come to school happily each day, keen to start on new and exciting learning in an extremely safe environment.

“Strong leadership from the headteacher (Valerie Bailey) coupled with the support of a highly effective governing body means that staff are enthusiastic and continually strive to provide even better learning opportunities for children.”

In order to reach her conclusions, the inspector observed six lessons, met parents, staff and the governing body, and analysed questionnaires and a range of documents relating to children’s behaviour, progress and attendance.

The achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of pupils, and the leadership and management were all deemed “outstanding”.

The report added: “Excellent relationships, supported by careful observation and recording of achievements, ensure that each adult knows each child very well.

“Staff provide exciting and stimulating activities, pitched at exactly the right level and this leads to children’s outstanding progress. Support tailored to the needs of each child ensures they all make rapid progress.

“Adults expect the very best from the children and act as excellent role models.

“Children’s behaviour is excellent and nearly all attend school every day because they enjoy it so much.

“The headteacher has created a whole school atmosphere of excellence.”

Headteacher Mrs Bailey said: “The school is absolutely delighted to receive its fifth Ofsted report which granted it outstanding in all areas yet again.

“The report acknowledged that the school has continued to be outstanding for well over a decade.

“It has been a privilege to be the headteacher for over 14 years; to have worked with a small team of dedicated staff, very supportive governors and parents, as well as wonderful children who are always eager to learn.”

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