A school in Gosfield has been deemed outstanding by education inspector Ofsted for the standard of its early years provision.
St Margaret’s Prep School’s nursery department, which caters for two to four year olds, was rated as outstanding, receiving the highest possible rating in the three key categories of:
l How well the early years provision meets the needs of the range of children
l The contribution of the early years provision to the well-being of children
l The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the early years provision.
Elaine Powling, principal of the independent day school, said: “Receiving an outstanding report from Ofsted supports the consistently high standards in all areas here at St Margaret’s.
“Ofsted agrees that children here get the very best start to learning that our school provides and, with specialist teaching in many areas, we prepare them very well for moving into our reception classes.
“I am very proud that the early years team has received the recognition that it deserves, and am equally proud of our children, whose behaviour was described by Ofsted as ‘exemplary’.
“To receive two inspection reports in a row of such high standards is a wonderfully satisfying reflection of life at our school.”
The other report came in 2011 when the Independent Schools Inspectorate praised the school highly.
Inspector Sarah Williams said in her report of the school that “all children make excellent progress in all areas and develop the skills for their future learning”.
“This is because they benefit from a highly stimulating, well-planned and consistently dynamic approach to teaching and learning, delivered by experienced and dedicated staff,” she said.
“Children develop exceptionally high self-esteem and a very strong sense of self, enabling them to make effective relationships and build the confidence they need to become successful learners.”