Hampden Way Nursery School


Name Hampden Way Nursery School
Website http://www.hampdenway.barnet.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 12 March 2013
Address Hampden Way, Southgate, London, N14 5DJ
Phone Number 02084495466
Type Nursery
Age Range 2-4
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 112

Information about this school

This is an average-sized nursery school. Its facilities include the Nursery and extended day care for children from three to five years old. The majority of children are from a wide range of minority ethnic heritages. Approximately a third of the children speak English as an additional language, with 17 different home languages spoken. When they join the nursery most are at the early stages of learning English. The proportion of disabled children and those with special educational needs, supported at early years action, is below average. The proportion supported through early years action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. No children receive support through the pupil premium, which is additional government funding for those entitled to free school meals, looked after children or children of service families, because of their age.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Children achieve extremely well in all aspects of their development and all areas of learning. From broadly expected levels when they join the nursery they make rapid gains in their skills and understanding. As a result most leave to join school with skills and understanding ahead of the expected levels, for some by over a year. All staff are enormously skilled at extending children’s learning, using particularly effective questioning and discussion as they play. Information about children’s skills and understanding is used exceptionally well to make sure that every child’s learning needs are fully met and all, including those children new to learning English, reach their potential. All staff are integral to planning exciting, challenging experiences that build on children’s interests particularly well. This means that children are really keen to talk about what they are doing. Disabled children and those with special educational needs receive excellent support. This allows families to play an important part in their children’s education and ensures these children make the same outstanding progress as their peers. The outstanding leadership of the headteacher and deputy headteacher is acknowledged by parents, carers, staff, governors and the local authority alike. Together with other staff they constantly strive to make Hampden Way the best it can possibly be for the children. Maintaining and building upon the outstanding quality of teaching and children’s achievement since the previous inspection has been a top priority. Key governors play an extremely supportive role to the school’s leaders and have become increasingly effective in checking how well the school is doing. With almost a quarter of the governing body new to their posts, governors have recognised the need to provide a range of training and initiatives quickly to develop similar levels of effectiveness for those new to their roles. An exceptionally warm, caring, safe atmosphere is provided by staff that results in children forming close trusting relationships with adults. Children in the Nursery and the breakfast and tea clubs really love learning and behaviour is excellent because children learn to consider and respect others.