Thumbs up for Dame Bradbury

PUBLISHED: 14:08 03 July 2008 | UPDATED: 21:31 31 May 2010

A NURSERY school in Saffron Walden has received a perfect Ofsted report, scoring outstanding in every area of inspection. Dame Bradbury s School, on Ashdon Road, was visited by Ofsted representatives on June 4. They were reviewing the school s nursery a

A NURSERY school in Saffron Walden has received a perfect Ofsted report, scoring "outstanding" in every area of inspection.

Dame Bradbury's School, on Ashdon Road, was visited by Ofsted representatives on June 4. They were reviewing the school's nursery and early years provision, where 71 children are educated.

Inspectors were unreservedly complimentary of the standard of the nursery. They noted "the extremely welcoming atmosphere and caring nature of staff" and that "children clearly relish their time" at the school.

The school's headteacher, Janet Crouch, was delighted the nursery school had received such an excellent write-up.

"These early years are the most valuable foundation for a child's education," she said. "We are delighted that our early years department has been recognised as providing an outstanding start for our pupils."

Inspectors said the children were developing "superb communication skills" and that this was being helped by staff providing a "fantastic range of imaginative play resources".

Justine Leong, who led the inspection, said: "Staff are exceedingly intuitive of individual children's needs as they have developed close relationships and know the children very well."

She also observed that the children's behaviour was "exemplary", and that "positive behaviour strategies such as praise and encouragement are implemented effectively, creating a nurturing environment in which children thrive".

The nursery school, established in 1996, employs a total of nine members of staff, three of whom are qualified teachers. More than half of the staff hold relevant early years qualifications.

The team of staff was described as "strong and dynamic" by Ms Leong. She said: "All staff are involved in identifying strengths and areas for improvement and are fully committed to promoting an inclusive environment in which every child can flourish.

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