Blagdon Nursery School and Children’s Centre

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Blagdon Nursery School and Children’s Centre

Name Blagdon Nursery School and Children’s Centre
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 15 October 2014
Address Blagdon Road, Whitley, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 7NT
Type Nursery
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 166
Local Authority Reading
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

The nursery school offers up to 140 part-time places and five full-time places for three- and four-year-old children. There are three classes. There are three children currently attending full time who meet specific criteria laid down by the Reading local authority. The majority of children are from White British backgrounds. A small number of children speak English as an additional language and are from ethnic minority groups. About one in every six children has a disability or special educational needs. Most of these children have speech and language difficulties or autistic spectrum disorders. There are no eligible children who receive pupil premium funding (additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those in local authority care which starts from the Reception year). Blagdon Nursery includes Willows Day Nursery. Until October 2013, the governing body also managed a children’s centre. The school runs a breakfast club, afternoon childcare and an after-school club, all of which formed part of the inspection. The headteacher is a Local Leader in Education and provides support to a number of schools in Reading.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The headteacher, leaders and managers, and members of the governing body are absolutely committed to achieving the highest possible outcomes for all children. There has been a relentless focus on improving teaching through observation and training, to ensure high standards of achievement. Children make rapid progress in all areas of learning. Staff are very good at measuring what children can do when they arrive at the nursery, so they know exactly what to prioritise for their learning. Children learn exceptionally well because they are excited and motivated by stimulating and interesting learning materials and activities. Teachers constantly encourage children to ask questions, to talk about their learning, and to listen carefully. Both the children and the staff love learning. Children are thrilled by new ideas. Their behaviour is outstanding because they want to learn as much as they can. Children understand that respect is very important. They take turns, are kind, and work well with each other. The staff keep children safe at the nursery. Safeguarding procedures are extremely thorough, and children have a very good understanding of how to keep safe. Children settle quickly. The nursery makes sure the children are happy and confident. The staff prepare them very well for primary school. Staff and parents are committed to the school’s vision, which places great emphasis on children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Parents are delighted by what the nursery offers, and are unanimous in their support of the school. The school works exceptionally well with parents. However, information on the school’s website is difficult for parents to access. It is not easy for parents to use the website to support their children’s learning.