Nursery staff celebrate an excellent Ofsted

THREE CHEERS: Oxclose Nursery Community School celebrates an outstanding Ofsted report.
THREE CHEERS: Oxclose Nursery Community School celebrates an outstanding Ofsted report.
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AN outstanding Wearside nursery is celebrating an excellent Ofsted report.

Staff and children at Oxclose Community Nursery School in Washington’s Oxclose Village were thrilled to be given the top rating by education watchdogs in all areas.

It is down to a lot of hard work and the dedication of our staff. The people who work here purely do everything they do for the benefit of the children.

Julie Heron, headteacher

Julie Heron, headteacher at the Brancepeth Road school, said everyone involved with the nursery is delighted.

She said: “It is a really lovely report and really gives a true flavour of our school.

“It is down to a lot of hard work and the dedication of our staff.

“The people who work here purely do everything they do for the benefit of the children.”

Mrs Heron said parents are also very supportive of the nursery, and to do well you have to have good relationships with families.

She said: “I think parents appreciate being able to come into nursery at any time and talk to their child’s key worker.

“When the inspectors were here the parents said some lovely things about the nursery.”

In their report into the Oxclose Village school, inspectors said leadership, behaviour, teaching and achievement at the nursery school are all outstanding.

They said: “Children thrive during their time at this nursery school.

“Each child is known and valued as a unique individual. They are happy, confident and very keen to learn.

“The school is outstandingly led by the headteacher and senior leadership team who have driven forward improvements at a rapid pace since the last inspection.

“As a result, teaching and children’s achievement are outstanding.”

Inspectors went on to say the governors are highly dedicated and know the school exceptionally well, working very closely with the leadership team to ensure that the quality of teaching continues to improve.

They said: “The rich programme of activities provided every day, both indoors and outdoors, stimulates learning exceptionally well.

“The nursery is a very calm and orderly place.

“Children feel completely safe and behaviour is excellent. This is due to well-established routines and the staff’s high expectations.”