Alice Model Nursery School


Name Alice Model Nursery School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 11 September 2012
Address 14 Beaumont Grove, Stepney, London, E1 4NQ
Phone Number 02077905425
Type Nursery
Age Range 3-5
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 54

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average nursery school attended by 45 full-time and 30 part-time children. A high proportion of the children come from minority ethnic backgrounds, and most are at an early stage of learning to speak English as an additional language. One fifth of the children are identified as disabled or having special educational needs, mostly with speech and language difficulties and some with physical difficulties including visual impairment. Twelve children are supported in total: six at school action plus, and six at school action. This is higher than the national average. Children participate in the breakfast club run by staff. The headteacher supports other schools when their headteacher is absent. The school has received an award as a ‘rights-respecting school’ following the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. An exceptionally rich range of learning experiences and high quality teaching contribute significantly to all children’s outstanding achievement. Children are extremely confident and their knowledge of early reading, writing and mathematical skills means they are very well prepared for starting primary school. Children thrive in this exciting, welcoming and supportive atmosphere. Staff are skilled in engaging children in conversation, developing their spoken language skills and stimulating their curosity. Children’s behaviour and safety are exemplary in school and out on their many trips. Leaders, staff and governors are exceptionally skilled. They work very closely together to ensure that the curriculum, teaching and learning are first-rate and continously refined to ensure that the needs and interests of individual children are fully met. Success in becoming a ‘rights respecting school’ means children and their families have a deep appreciation of the range of cultures within the community and share the highest aspirations for their future lives. The school’s very strong commitment to encouraging children and their families to learn together contributes significantly to the school’s success. Parents and carers hold the school in high regard. They particularly appreciate the ‘Graduation Ceremony’ that celebrates children’s achievements over their time in the nursery. This takes the form of that often found in univeristies. Changes to ensure the requirements of the new Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and assessment systems are met, are well under way. Plans to ensure that high quality provision and outcomes are sustained during this period of change have been drawn up but have yet to be implemented fully.