Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Outstanding pre-school wins high Ofsted praise

A LAKE District school’s early years education has been judged as outstanding in every area inspected.

OUTSTANDING: Children from the early years groups at Windermere Preparatory School playing in the sand pit REF: S66127B

Windermere Preparatory School’s provision for children aged five years and under has received Ofsted’s top grade across the board.

The report by the education watchdog said: “Overall the quality of the provision is outstanding.

“This highly effective and stimulating pre-school caters for all children’s unique and individual needs exceptionally well.

“The extremely motivated and committed staff group make sure that they successfully promote children’s safety, welfare and learning to an excellent standard.

“Partnerships with parents, other agencies and other providers of the Early Years Foundation Stage are highly effective in successfully promoting children’s welfare and learning.”

The school was judged to be outstanding in all 17 areas.

Ofsted highlighted the “excellent progress made by the children towards their early learning goals” and that “overall, children benefit greatly from attending this innovative setting.”

The report said the children “thrive in this inspiring and inclusive environment”, and it refers to how the they learn to climb small trees, build dens in the forest, as well as toasting marshmallows and making cordial from the elderflowers they have collected.

Jenny Davies, leader of the Early Years Department, said; “We are obviously thrilled that the hard work and dedication of all the staff has been formally recognised by Ofsted.”

Rachael Thomas, head of Windermere Pre-Preparatory School, said: “We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful setting with such wonderful resources, where we can really encourage the children to explore their creativity.”


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