Stawley Under Fives Preschool has been assessed as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors who visited the school in May.
All four inspection categories – Effectiveness of leadership and management, Quality of teaching, learning and assessment, Personal development, behaviour and welfare and Outcomes for children – have been judged as ‘Outstanding’.
The key inspection findings are as follows:
– Management shows drive and commitment to achieving high-quality outcomes for children. Self-evaluation is rigorous, identifying where improvements will benefit children the most and measuring success by the positive impact on children’s learning. For example, staff identify improvements in young children’s behaviour since teaching them sign language to help them express strong emotions.
– Children make excellent progress in learning from their starting points. The manager’s exceptionally strong monitoring of the learning programme identifies any gaps in learning early. These are rapidly addressed, so children quickly catch up. For example, boys’ early reading skills have greatly improved since introducing joke books and funny stories which they thoroughly enjoy retelling.
– Children are extremely confident, demonstrating high levels of emotional security and self- esteem. Excellent settling-in processes help them get to know staff, who use these visits extremely well to plan for when children first attend. For example, they make sure that favourite resources are easy to find when children come in, so they are eager to play and happy to say goodbye to their parents.
– Children who have special educational needs and/or disabilties receive extremely good support. Staff have excellent relationships with parents and other professionals. Highly effective joint planning provides consistency in helping children achieve and make progress.
The school has places for 30 pupils from age 2 to 4. When the inspection took place there were 25 pupils on roll.
The school on the edge of the village of Appley has a stated aim of providing a “safe, happy and stimulating preschool environment to support and nurture children in their early years of learning. We are fortunate to have a wonderful rural location that allows much of the children’s learning to take place within the rich natural environment on our doorstep.”