A NURSERY school with happy, laughing children has been given the highest possible marks in a spot Ofsted inspection.
Ightenhill Nursery School, in Lionel Street, Burnley, was judged outstanding for its overall effectiveness, the achievements of its 70 pupils, quality of teaching, how children behaved and were looked after, and the leadership and management of headteacher Pauline Robinson.
Ofsted inspector Sarah Quinn said: “Ightenhill Nursery School is an outstanding school. From starting points that are generally below national expectations, children progress rapidly across the six areas of learning to levels of development that are above, and in some cases, well-above national expectations.”
Her views were echoed by parents she interviewed. One told her: “My child has an added ‘sparkle’ since starting here. This nursery is in a different league.”
Mrs Robinson said: “We’re exceptionally pleased with the report, delighted. It is a tribute to the staff and the way we work with children, and we had some lovely comments from parents who filled in questionnaires.”
The Ofsted team were at the nursery for two days in January to watch lessons, and listen to children and their parents. The nursery has 70 part-time places; 40 in the morning and 30 in the afternoon. Most children start the term after their third birthday.
In her report, Mrs Quinn said she had been impressed by the children. “They make rapid strides in their learning and development from, in most cases, low starting points, and achieve well-above national expectations. When they leave the nursery school, some children are achieving some of the Early Learning goals, and this represents excellent progress. “The progress they make in personal, social and emotional development is particularly striking, and children very quickly develop independence and very positive attitudes to learning.
“Children learn in a calm and respectful environment where they acquire resilience and persistence. They choose from a range of thoughtfully planned activities and focused staff led sessions.
“They initiate much of their own play and staff skilfully interact with them to challenge and support their learning.”