Nursery staff vow to improve after bad report from Ofsted

Millfield Nursery School - Bell Street, Millfield, Sunderland.
Millfield Nursery School - Bell Street, Millfield, Sunderland.
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A WEARSIDE nursery with low staff morale has been placed in special measures.

Ofsted inspectors said Millfield Community Nursery School is inadequate in almost all areas.

A report into the Bell Street school, said: “Safeguarding is inadequate because leaders do not check that accidents are reported accurately, and that effective action is taken to reduce the number of incidents.

“Teaching and achievement are inadequate. Children with special educational needs are not identified accurately.

“Attendance is low and declining and children miss too much learning time.”

The inspectors said leaders do not do enough to improve teaching, have an inaccurate view of how much progress children are making and do not have enough links with other schools.

In the report inspectors said: “Too many staff have low morale and little confidence in the school’s leaders. Governors have not held the headteacher to account for children’s learning and development.”

They said the strengths of the school are that children follow routines and engage well with adults and one another, the indoor and outdoor areas are attractive and well resourced and relationships between adults and children are good.

However, as a matter of urgency the school needs to reduce the number of accidents by ensuring incidents are recorded accurately and action taken to avoid reoccurrence. It also needs to improve the quality of teaching and children’s achievements, attendance and the effectiveness of the leadership and management.

Anne Gunning, headteacher at the nursery, said: “We are working hard with the support of Children’s Services and community partners to address the Ofsted inspector’s concerns, and take Millfield Community Nursery School out of special measures as quickly as possible.

“Our entire school community wants the very best for every child and family who uses the nursery, and working together we can achieve the continuing improvements we have been asked to make.”

“We recognise that safeguarding is judged to be inadequate due to the larger than normal number of minor accidents/incidents recorded in the school.

“As a school we have a rigorous policy of recording and we will use the analysis of this data to see if there are areas where we can improve safety further.”

She said the school is proud of the strengths identified in the report and the challenge ahead is an opportunity to strengthen its performance.