Brearley Nursery School

Name Brearley Nursery School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 04 December 2014
Address Brearley Street, Newtown, Birmingham, West Midlands, B19 3XJ
Phone Number 01213592309
Type Nursery
Age Range 2-5
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 156
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a large nursery school. The majority of children attend on a full-time basis. The school is situated in a building shared with the Brearley/Teviot Children’s Centre. The centre is subject to a separate Ofsted inspection. The report is available on Ofsted’s website, The headteacher is also the head of the children’s centre and the governing body has responsibility for both settings. Some staff are shared between both settings. The proportion of disabled children and those with special educational needs is above average. Almost one-third of children are on support plans. Nearly three quarters of all children are learning English as an additional language. The children speak 22 different home languages. Children are from a range of ethnic backgrounds. The largest groups are from other Black African, Somalian, and Black Caribbean backgrounds. No children are entitled to the pupil premium funding because of their age. However an above average proportion of children are known to be eligible for free school meals. The deputy headteacher has been appointed since the last inspection and is in her second year at the school. The school leads the Aston Nechells Early Year’s Network for the Brearley and Limetree Hubs and supports early year’s practitioners in schools and in private, voluntary and independent settings.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Brearley Nursery is a haven for children; it opens their eyes to the wider world and prepares them extremely well for starting primary school. The headteacher is an inspirational leader. She is ably supported by the deputy, a highly effective staff team and a supportive governing body. All have high expectations for the children in their care. Leaders know the school very well and think hard about how to improve it further. They are determined to stay at the cutting edge of early years practice. This has enabled them to maintain their outstanding provision for a fourth inspection. The school has an excellent reputation within the local authority, and is the hub of the community. Parents are all extremely positive and delighted that their children come to this nursery. They particularly appreciate the warm, friendly atmosphere and how quickly their children acquire English skills. Teaching is outstanding. Well-planned, exciting activities grab children’s attention. Learning is fun so children persevere for good periods of time. Children’s behaviour and understanding of safety are outstanding. They are given sensitive support to think about what to do if a problem arises. This leads to very independent, motivated children who share and take turns in their play. The support and guidance provided for disabled children, those who have special educational needs, and those at the early stages of learning English and their families is exemplary. One parent summed up the views of others by saying,’ this school cares and supports the families as much as they support the children’. Strong partnerships with other professionals and staff in the children’s centre mean that children’s needs are well met before they start the Nursery. The progress that children make is outstanding in almost all areas of learning and never less than good. Particularly rapid progress is made in children’s communication and language skills and in their personal and physical development. Achievement in early writing and mathematical skills is strong. Reading progress, although good, is not as rapid as that in mark-making and writing.