Caversham Nursery School Judged as Outstanding

CHILDREN and staff at Caversham Nursery School are celebrating after Ofsted inspectors increased their rating from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’.

The Amersham Road school achieved the top ranking in all areas following the inspection in May 2017.

School leaders, governors and staff were all praised for their outstanding contributions, as well as the pupils and their parents. The effective support of the Council was also highlighted by inspectors.

The Ofsted report says: “Senior leaders, governors and staff are committed to ensuring that ‘every moment matters’ for every child. Leadership is shared widely so that this excellent provision is continually developing.”

It goes on to say: “Continuous training and development for staff have secured very high standards in teaching, learning and assessment. As a result, children’s outcomes are outstanding.”

Inspectors also noted children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities make excellent progress and additional support matches their individual needs very closely.

Parents are described as “very effective partners” in developing children’s learning and inspectors say pupils’ personal development and welfare are at the heart of the school’s work.

The report continues: “Leaders, governors and staff are committed to ensuring that children receive personalised care, teaching and support that meets their different needs extremely well.

“Staff celebrate differences and give children the confidence to pursue their interests so that all children are very well motivated and flourish.”

The Council’s commitment to continual improvement in education for all children and ongoing support for all schools is also reflected in comments made by the inspectors.

They said: “The local authority has provided a very effective challenge and support to senior leaders, reinforcing their high expectations of children’s achievement. This has facilitated further improvements to teaching, learning and assessment.”

Councillor Tony Jones, Lead Member for Education, said:

“I would like to congratulate the Executive Headteacher, staff and children at Caversham Nursery for the Outstanding judgement received from the inspection which took place in May.

“This is a reflection of the dedication and professionalism of the staff and leadership at the school, along with the hard work and commitment of the children at the school.

“I would also like to congratulate the parents who have been so supportive of the school and their children. They have been a credit to the community.

“The Governing Body also deserves thanks for the effective challenge and support it has given to Caversham Nursery School.”

Lisa Bedlow, Executive Headteacher of Caversham Nursery School, said:

“We are delighted to have the full recognition of the Outstanding commitment of all staff, as this follows our rating of Outstanding for the 0-3s extended care provision in December 2016.

“We strive to give the children the best possible start to their Early Learning as we possibly can, creating independence and a love of learning that will stay with them as they continue on their education journey.”

The full Ofsted report can be found at: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/109750

David Millward

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