Kings Norton Nursery School

Name Kings Norton Nursery School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 18 September 2014
Address Westhill Road, Kings Norton, Birmingham, West Midlands, B38 8SY
Type Nursery
Age Range 2-7
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 94
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The nursery school offers 130 part-time places for three- and four-year-old children. Children are taught in five groups by five practitioners. Most children attend part-time. Children who meet specific criteria laid down by Birmingham local authority attend full-time. The majority of children are from White British backgrounds. A small number of children speak English as an additional language. Fourteen per cent of children have disabilities or special educational needs. Five per cent have statements of special educational needs. Most of these children have speech and language difficulties or autism spectrum disorders. There are no children for whom the school receives the pupil premium, although 22 per cent of pupils are eligible for it. The nursery is part of Camp Lane Children’s Centre. The children’s centre was inspected separately in the same week as the nursery school. The inspection report can be found on The headteacher is a local leader of schools and provides support to several schools in Birmingham.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The headteacher, senior staff and members of the governing body are committed to the highest possible outcomes for all groups of children. They have done much to establish the nursery’s fine reputation and high standards of teaching and achievement. The school is highly effective due to outstanding teaching, rigorous planning of exciting learning opportunities, outstanding relationships and a continuous drive by all staff to improve on previous best performance. All groups of children make accelerated progress in all areas of learning because staff know exactly what to teach them due to accurate assessment of their prior learning. They are exceptionally well prepared for learning in Reception classes. The school has secure systems to evaluate all aspects of provision. Nevertheless its computerised systems for tracking the progress of different groups of pupils are both cumbersome and time consuming. This prevents targets for teachers’ performance from being even more precise. Children’s behaviour and their attitudes are exemplary due to the high emphasis that is placed on developing values of respect and planning exciting learning opportunities that contribute extremely well to children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Children are safe in school due to the highly stringent procedures for safeguarding and their understanding of how to keep themselves safe. Parents are delighted with all that the nursery has on offer and are unanimously supportive of the school. On occasion, staff miss opportunities to push more able children further to record their mathematical thinking by mark making.