Bowerdean Nursery School

Name Bowerdean Nursery School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 13 March 2013
Address Gordon Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP13 6AW
Phone Number 01494521941
Type Nursery
Age Range 2-5
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils
Catchment Area Information Available No, we only have catchment area data for schools in England
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is similar in size to other nursery schools. Children usually attend for three to five terms. The great majority of children leave the nursery to enter the Reception classes of local primary schools at the start of the autumn term. One third of the children come from White British backgrounds, one third come from Pakistani backgrounds and the remainder come from a range of minority ethnic backgrounds. Half of the children are learning to speak English as an additional language. A few are at the early stages of learning English. A lower than average proportion of children are supported through school action. A higher than average proportion of children are supported through school action plus. One child has a statement of special educational needs. The school runs clubs to care for children before and after their nursery session and also runs a holiday club. The school runs a ‘Dads’ Diner’ club on a Saturday once a month, so that fathers can spend time with their children and it also runs a ‘Toddler Group’. The school has a ‘Rights Respecting’ schools award, Level 1, for Early Years settings.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The inspirational leadership of the headteacher encourages staff to find new and exciting ways to make learning meaningful. The highly effective management of teachers’ performance ensures outstanding teaching. All children make exceptional progress because staff are highly skilled at planning interesting activities which intrigue and motivate children to find out more. Teaching challenges children to solve problems for themselves and gives them the confidence to try out new things. Children thrive in the homely atmosphere because they are happy and feel safe. Members of the governing body know the school well because they care about the school and want to become involved. Children’s behaviour is exemplary. They show considerable care and respect for each other, and have extremely positive attitudes towards their learning. The school is held in high regard within the community. All of those who responded to ‘Parent View’ said, that they would recommend the school to another parent.