Youngsters at a city nursery have headed into the new academic year on a high note.
Staff and students at Hetton Nursery School scooped two glowing reports from Ofsted inspectors.
The Victoria Street school was rated as outstanding throughout in an inspection of the quality and standards of the early-years provision.
And, to add to that, the general Ofsted inspection found the school to be good overall with some outstanding features.
Ruth Williamson, who is celebrating her first year as headteacher at the nursery, said she was thrilled with both reports.
She said: “It is a fantastic achievement, we are so pleased.
“A huge amount of work has been done and I feel the staff and the children really deserve these reports.”
The headteacher said she wants to let people in the area know how well the nursery is doing.
Ofsted inspectors said in their report: “Staff are enthusiastic and have the highest aspirations for each individual child’s achievements.
“They use their expert knowledge to provide an exciting and highly-stimulating environment for all children.
“Consequently, all children make significant progress from their starting points.”
They went on to say: “The hard-working staff put children and their parents or carers at the centre of all they do.
“This strong ethos results in staff listening to children and their parents and carers, valuing their views and acting on what they say.”
Inspectors said staff are loving, caring and tend to each child’s needs. As a result, children are extremely happy and self-motivated.