Netherton Park Nursery School

Name Netherton Park Nursery School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Netherton Park, Netherton, Dudley, West Midlands, DY2 9QF
Type Nursery
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 113
Local Authority Dudley
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (12 March 2014)
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Information about this school

The Nursery is part of a children’s centre which also offers care for children younger than three and education and care for children over three. The children’s centre and day care services are subject to separate inspection. The Nursery has 55 places and up to 50 attend the kindergarten, consisting of a baby room and pre-Nursery. The Nursery hosts a service for eight children in the morning who have complex special educational needs and provision for six children in the afternoon who have moderate learning difficulties. These are directly managed by the local authority and were not part of this inspection. Almost a third of the children are disabled or have special educational needs. Three have a statement of special educational needs. The Nursery does not receive the pupil premium. The large majority of children attending the Nursery are of White British origin. A fifth of the children are learning English as an additional language. They are mostly of Pakistani origin with a small minority from a diverse range of Asian and African heritages. Recent changes include an increase in staff and indoor refurbishment. The headteacher is involved in supporting other nurseries.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Children’s achievement is outstanding. They learn exceptionally well because adults use every opportunity to develop their skills. Highly effective daily planning and observations by all the adults ensure that all groups of children, including the most able and those who speak English as an additional language, do exceptionally well in their learning. Children are offered an enormous range of activities, which stimulate their curiosity and capture their imagination. Children are given a love of reading through the excellent story-time sessions, as well as through many other opportunities to use and share books. The teaching of early literacy and numeracy skills is exceptional. It is woven into imaginative play as well as when children are being taught in small groups. Computers and other technology are not used so widely to extend learning and develop children’s skills. Children behave exceptionally well because : they are so absorbed in what they are doing. They play remarkably well together. Parents and carers are delighted at how quickly their children settle and enjoy coming to Nursery. The school keeps the children completely safe, and successfully teaches them how to keep themselves safe. Underpinning the school’s success are the dedication and expertise of the headteacher. She is assisted by senior staff and governors. Excellent leadership has resulted in improvements to all areas of provision since the previous inspection. The school has an excellent reputation within the local authority, and is the centre of the community. Parents and carers are highly supportive of the school. Many speak of how warm and welcoming the staff are, how they help parents as well as children and make everyone feel equal.