Hat-trick of awards for nursery

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A NURSERY has picked up a hat-trick of top titles after being rated outstanding by inspectors.

Seaham Harbour Nursery School has scooped the highest grade in its latest Ofsted check for the third time in the last decade.

It was awarded grade ones – given when a school provides exceptionally well for its pupils – for its overall effectiveness, achievement of its pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of its children and leadership and management.

Headteacher Carole Scott paid tribute to her 13-strong staff and the support of the children’s families, who passed on their views as part of the inspection – as well as the 91 youngsters themselves.

She said: “We’re absolutely delighted that we’ve got outstanding for the third time.

“The parents are delighted too. Lots have said ‘we knew you’d get it’. They gave their comments and wrote letters as well.”

Pupils’ good behaviour is highlighted, with the report stating: “Children develop a very clear understanding of the importance sharing and co-operating with each other,”.

It also details how the children’s current interests are taken into account during lessons and how the staff have high expectations of their behaviour.

The “excellent opportunities” to promote the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are also highlighted, as well as how they respect each other, with girls and boys playing happily together.

School rules are well understood and the staff have no tolerance of any intimidation between youngsters.

The headteacher, her assistant and the close partnership with governors and parents have been judged to be effective, with thorough evaluation and action taken to drive on improvements.

The curriculum is also said to be outstanding, with activities including Chinese New Year celebrations proving a hit with children.

The latest inspection is the first in the county to be carried out under new criteria, with Seaham Harbour Nursery being hailed as the standard others should meet under the fresh guidelines.

The one point it has been told to improve on is to refine the way it looks at data collected about the children’s progress.

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