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West Bromwich Road, Walsall, West Midlands, WS5 4NN
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Highlights from Latest Inspection
There has been no change to this school's overall judgement of outstanding as a result of this ungraded (section 8) inspection. However, the evidence gathered suggests that the inspection grade might not be as high if a graded (section 5) inspection were carried out now. Inspectors are recommending the next inspection to be a graded inspection.
What is it like to attend this school?
Fullbrook Nursery School is an interesting, calm and happy place to be. Children enjoy their learning and find it fascinating. Children can hardly wait to start activities and quickly become absorbed in their play and learning.
Staff have high expectations for every child. This includes children with sp...ecial educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) who receive excellent support. The curriculum captures children's interests.
It encourages them to think creatively and develop independence. A wide range of activities, and most of the support that adults provide, help children to achieve well.
Staff know each child's needs very well and provide a high level of care.
Children form very secure relationships with staff. Children have such confidence in staff that they readily seek support from them when they need it. Children feel very safe.
These strong relationships and consistent routines are why children's behaviour is excellent. Children play kindly with one another and learn to share and cooperate. Bullying is not a problem.
Staff treat parents as partners. Parents like the way staff listen and guide them to help support their child. Parents speak highly of the school.
As one parent said, 'I could not be happier that my child comes here'.
What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?
Leaders have designed a well-planned and ambitious curriculum that is informed by the latest research. It takes account of the knowledge children should have by the time they leave the school.
Leaders have identified clearly the steps each child must make to reach these ambitious end points. Staff use these steps well to provide appropriate and interesting sessions. When planning activities, staff take account of children's different staring points.
Staff check on children's progress. Referring to the steps of learning identified in the school's curriculum, staff deliver activities that build children's knowledge. In most curriculum areas, there are plenty of opportunities for children to go back, when needed, to earlier learning to help them gain a secure understanding.
However, sometimes, staff do not share or explain ideas clearly, or pick up on misunderstandings. This can hold children's progress back.
Leaders have designed the curriculum to improve children's understanding and use of spoken language.
In all sessions, staff focus on developing children's vocabulary. Staff carefully check children's language development and provide tailored support when necessary. Staff read books to children regularly.
Children enjoy these moments and are starting to choose and look at books for themselves.
The curriculum to develop children's personal, emotional and social skills is a strength. Staff help children to become increasingly independent and make choices about resources to use when playing.
Children are encouraged to adopt healthy habits. This area of the curriculum strongly supports children's excellent behaviour.
The headteacher has ensured the support for children with SEND is of a high standard.
Children's needs are carefully identified, taking account of advice from external agencies. The support given to children with SEND is well tailored. Those with the greatest needs achieve well in parts of the school that provide more specialist provision, such as the nurture den.
Children with SEND do very well.
The curriculum provides many opportunities for children's wider development. For example, they visit and meet with children from a hospice and members of the public at a care home.
Leaders take the well-being of staff seriously. They provide a high level of care. Leaders have helped staff to manage their workload well.
Leaders have created a united team focused on providing the best for the children.
Governors are committed and informed. They know the school well.
Governors keep a careful watch on financial matters, safeguarding and staff well-being. However, some of their other checks on the school's work are not thorough enough.
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.
Leaders have comprehensive policies and effective procedures in place. Staff are trained to spot signs of abuse or if a child is at risk of harm. Staff know how to report any concerns and who to report them to.
Leaders keep records about concerns. They work well with external agencies to support families that need help. Leaders have an informed understanding of particular safeguarding concerns in the local community.
They provide information about a range of safeguarding support agencies to all parents. Leaders make checks when appointing staff to ensure everyone working at the school is suitable. Staff teach children about how to keep safe.
What does the school need to do to improve?
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• Not all staff, when explaining new ideas, present them clearly or well. This means that children find it hard to understand some new ideas and sometimes form misconceptions. Staff do not always notice this.
Leaders should support staff to ensure their explanations are clear and focused on what children need to learn. Leaders should also ensure that staff check that children have understood correctly and not formed misconceptions. ? Governors' checks on the school's work are not thorough enough.
This means that they do not know enough about how well it is doing. Governors should review their procedures to ensure a more rigorous oversight.
When we have judged a school to be outstanding, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains outstanding.
This is called an ungraded inspection and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.
Usually, this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.
This is the second ungraded inspection since we judged Fullbrook Nursery School to be outstanding in June 2013.
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