Castle Vale Nursery School

Name Castle Vale Nursery School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 18 September 2014
Address Yatesbury Avenue, Castle Vale, Birmingham, West Midlands, B35 6DU
Type Nursery
Age Range 2-5
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 151
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

This is an average-sized nursery school. Most children attend morning or afternoon sessions, and some children attend on a full-time basis. The school supports an above-average proportion of disabled children and those who have special educational needs. They receive extra help, mainly to support their personal, social and emotional development and speech and language needs. There are no children with a statement of special educational needs. Most children attend nursery from the term after their third birthday until transferring to Reception classes in local schools. Some children spend five terms in the nursery. The school has just begun a new project to admit children before their third birthday. Most children are from White British backgrounds. A small number of children speak English as an additional language. The school shares the site with Castle Vale Children’s Centre which is subject to a separate Ofsted inspection. The children’s centre was last inspected in May 2012. The report is available on Ofsted’s website, Some staff are shared between both settings. The headteacher has a dual role and is also head of the children’s centre. The headteacher joined the school in September 2012, and the deputy head started in September 2013.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Castle Vale Nursery is a special place to learn, where everyone is welcomed and valued. Children greatly enjoy all the stimulating and exciting activities. They become excellent learners and are very well prepared for school life. All groups of children, including disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, make at least good, and often outstanding progress. Teaching is outstanding because staff know the children very well as individuals. Planning is based on a highly developed understanding of individual children’s needs and interests. A rich curriculum interweaves many opportunities to develop children’s spiritual, moral, social, and cultural skills. Children thrive because of the strong focus on care and nurture. However, children do not always have enough opportunity to reflect on and talk about how they can improve their work. Children feel safe and well looked after, and show exemplary behaviour. Underpinning the school’s continued success are the dedication and expertise of the headteacher. She provides inspirational leadership and is ably supported by senior staff and governors. Regular evaluations are made of teaching and children’s achievement, and carefully thought-out actions are taken as needed. This has enabled the school to maintain its outstanding status for a third inspection. Governors challenge and support the school well, although parents and carers are not always aware of the contribution that governors make. Parents are highly supportive. One summed up their views by saying, ‘We couldn’t want for anything more in a nursery. Lots of attention, exciting things and helpful staff.’