Blagrave Nursery School Retains ‘Outstanding’ Status

A NURSERY school in Tilehurst has retained its ‘Outstanding’ status following a recent Ofsted inspection.

The inspector said the leadership team at Blagrave Nursery School, in Recreation Road, has maintained the outstanding quality of education in the school since the last inspection in 2013. Headteacher Emma Payne was singled out for steering the school exceptionally well and the quality of teaching was rated as outstanding.

The report says: “Rightly, parents appreciate your unwavering commitment and praise the nursery for the outstanding education it continues to deliver.

“Parents value the top-notch start your school affords its children. One parent encapsulates the views of many stating: Blagrave is a lovely school where in just one term my child has thrived.”

It continues: “The quality of teaching is outstanding. Consequently, the majority of children, including those at an early stage of speaking English and the disadvantaged, end their Nursery Year with skills typical of their age in all areas of learning and many exceed typical levels of development. As a result, standards remain consistently high.”

Another parent told the Ofsted inspector: “My child loves attending Blagrave and he is well supported in his overall development. He asks me every day, including weekends, if he can go to Blagrave.”

The inspector, who visited the nursery on 14th December 2016, notes Ms Payne has an absolute belief that all children deserve the best start, and getting the early years right is the key to enabling their future success.

The report says: “You use additional funding wisely to overcome potential barriers so that all children, including those who are eligible or the early years pupil premium funding, learn well.

“As a result, disadvantaged children make rapid progress, catching up quickly and leaving the nursery with the skills needed for success in their first year at school.

“Local authority information shows that the majority of disadvantaged children attending the nursery go on to achieve a good level of development at the end of their early years.”

Blagrave Headteacher, Miss Emma Payne, said:

“I am absolutely delighted with the positive outcome of our recent Ofsted Inspection which confirms that Blagrave continues to be an “outstanding” Nursery School. I would like to register my thanks to the staff, children and Governors for all their hard work; as well as to the parents for their continued support.

“It is this whole community working together that makes us such a special place. We will continue to put our children and families at the centre of everything that we do, in order to give them the best possible start on their educational journey.”

Councillor Tony Jones, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Education, said:

“My congratulations to the leadership team, teachers and children at Blagrave Nursery School for this outstanding Ofsted inspection result.

“It is very clear from the report that children from all backgrounds who attend Blagrave receive an excellent start to their education career. I’m also particularly impressed with the glowing comments from parents and the fact that children look forward to going to school, even at the weekend!”

The full Ofsted inspection report can be found at:


David Millward

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