A pre-school in Lavenham has been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors who have praised the quality of teaching and the children’s behaviour.
Lavenham Pre-School, which is currently based at the village primary school in Barn Street, has been given the top rating by the Government inspectors after an inspection on October 16.
The school was rated as outstanding, the top of four levels, in all four key categories; effectiveness of the leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare and outcomes for children.
This was an improvement on the school’s previous ‘good’ rating when last inspected in 2012.
Katherine Eves, the pre-school’s leader, said: “We are particularly proud as we are a ‘pack away’ setting, which means each day we have to get out and put away all the furniture and resources, as we use the primary’s school dining area as our pre-school room each morning.
“This is particularly hard work, but we make it work and it hasn’t been a barrier to achieving the highest inspection grade possible.”
Mrs Eves said the rating topped off an exciting year with the village hall recently gaining planning permission to build a purpose-built pre-school.
The pre-school and village hall are holding various fundraising events to raise money for the project.
In her report, inspector Lynn Clements wrote: “The manager and staff work closely as a team to ensure that they effectively implement all the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
“Staff carefully track the progress made by each child enabling them to accurately identify any gaps in their learning or development.
“This means that where a concern is identified, swift action can be taken to begin minimising or, wherever possible, close the gap.
“As a result, children are supported to make excellent progress towards the early learning goals.
She added: “The quality of teaching is excellent. The very experienced and knowledgeable staff plan a wide variety of exciting learning activities enabling them to acquire new skills in readiness for future moves on to school.”