‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating for Nelson nursery

Children and staff at McMillan Nursery Schoo,l Nelson, celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report.'Photo Ben Parsons
Children and staff at McMillan Nursery Schoo,l Nelson, celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report.'Photo Ben Parsons

Ofsted inspectors have sung the praises of a Nelson nursery school which they visited last month.

In their report on the McMillan Nursery School in Railway Street, they class the teaching as “superb” and give the school an “outstanding” rating for the service it provides for its 86 children.

It received a similar rating at the last inspection which took place in 2010.

Lead inspector Louise Murphy says: “The school provides excellent support for children who speak English as an additional language, more-able children, disabled children and those who have special educational needs. As a result, these groups make outstanding progress.

“Teaching is superb. Staff plan together daily and consider very carefully what children enjoy.

“This ensures amazing learning activities enthuse and excite children because they are based on their interests.

“The indoor spaces provide children with a high quality learning environment. Staff give a great deal of careful thought to the choice and variety of materials and equipment to support children’s learning and play.

“The outdoor area contributes extremely well to children’s learning and development.

“Staff use the woodland area very imaginatively to give children awe inspiring learning experiences.

“Children feel very safe in school and develop excellent attitudes to learning.

“Improving attendance is important to senior leaders. However, they do not yet check well enough how their actions are impacting on attendance rates.

“Behaviour is outstanding and children concentrate for very long periods of time and develop into confident, independent learners.

“The impressive curriculum includes a wide and imaginative range of visits which excite children and they become remarkable learners.

“Children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is given excellent attention.

“The headteacher is very ably supported by a well-qualified and dedicated staff team who work relentlessly to make sure that all children get the best possible start to their education.

“Together, the headteacher and the governing body have built on the many strengths in teaching and children’s achievement found at the previous inspection.

“Their commitment to excellence makes sure that the school continues to improve.

“As a result, the McMillan has remained outstanding over a number of years.”

The school has 110 part-time places in morning and afternoon sessions and it is anticipated the 24 vacancies will be filled at the start of the new term.

Seventy per cent of children speak English as an additional language, with the majority of Asian or Eastern European heritage.