A NURSERY school is celebrating getting a big thumb-up from education bosses.
Staff, pupils and parents at Boldon Nursery School were thrilled when they were dubbed outstanding after a recent visit by Ofsted inspectors.
Headteacher Sue Stokoe, who joined the Boldon Colliery nursery six years ago, said the achievement was down to the hard work done by everyone involved.
She said: “The inspectors were amazed at the fantastic engagement between staff, pupils and parents.
“The lead inspector said if there was a higher grade than outstanding she would have given us that, which was phenomenal for the team to hear.
“The success is down to the strength of the team and the work they do.
“The nursery has moved on immensely during the past six years.”
Mrs Stokoe said one of the main priorities of the nursery was engaging with parents, having an open-door policy for mums and dads to come along and work with their children, building up the confidence in their ability to teach and guide their youngsters.
Inspectors said that as well as being outstanding, the nursery also had an outstanding capacity for sustained improvement.
The report said: “The staff have successfully realised their vision of meeting the needs of each unique child.
“As a result, the majority of the children leave for local primary schools working at levels of development that are above those expected for children of their age.
“Their excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural development underpins the many outstanding aspects of children’s personal, social and emotional development.
“Close engagement with parents and carers is fundamental to the school’s work.
“Parents and carers express almost universal praise of the school and day-care provision.
“The care for children, exemplified by practitioners and managers alike, is of the very highest order.”
Inspectors said the nursery was a hive of stimulating activities and the creative use of space and resources provides variety and inspiration for children’s learning, from the moment they arrive until they reluctantly leave at the end of the session.
To improve further, the school needs to develop the quality of provision in day care to match that provided in the nursery.