New Bridge Nursery School

Name New Bridge Nursery School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 08 July 2014
Address Montague Street, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 5AU
Type Nursery
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 80
Local Authority Reading
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

New Bridge Nursery is larger in size than most nurseries nationally. Children start when they reach their third birthday and stay for three, four or five terms until they transfer to Reception in their chosen primary school. Children attend for either five mornings or five afternoons each week during term time. As they become familiar with the setting, they are offered an extra session enabling them to stay for a whole day once a week. On this day they are offered a hot meal at lunchtime. The nursery has a special resource provision for children diagnosed with autism. It is known as the Snowflake Centre and children attend for either five mornings or five afternoons. As they also become familiar with the setting, they are offered an extra session enabling them to stay for a whole day once a week. On this day they too are offered a hot meal at lunchtime. New Bridge Nursery is federated with another local nursery that has been subject to a separate inspection. Both nurseries are led by the executive headteacher. The proportion of disabled children and those with special educational needs supported through Early Years Action is above that found in most schools. The proportion supported at Early Years Action Plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is also above that found in most schools. There are no comparative figures for nursery schools. A high proportion of children speak English as an additional language. Twelve different languages are spoken. A very small number of children are in the early stages of learning English.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Exceptional leadership, outstanding care and high quality teaching have continued to secure excellent achievement for all children. Adults are highly qualified and very skilled at planning creative, imaginative and exciting activities across all areas of learning. Children are fully engaged at all times because their individual needs and interests are planned for especially well. A high emphasis is placed upon children’s personal, social and emotional development, communication and language and physical skills in their first term. This ensures that children acquire these skills rapidly and quickly become confident in the setting. Children who find learning difficult are exceptionally well supported. Provision in the Snowflake Centre, for children diagnosed with autism, is exemplary, enabling them to join in activities with all other children on a daily basis. Children behave exceptionally well because of the very strong emphasis on being kind and gentle. They thoroughly enjoy playing together for extended periods of time and are happy and cooperative learners. An extremely safe and caring setting means that children feel very secure and love to attend the nursery. Partnerships with parents are exceptional. They are full of praise for the nursery and highly recommend it. They say, ‘It is a wonderful place!’ The daily Little Munchers Lunch Club and the Saturday Family Man Club are very popular and add significantly to children’s learning experiences. The key to the nursery’s success is the inspirational leadership of the headteacher and her consistent drive to secure excellent provision for all children. She is very ably supported by an experienced and motivated leadership team. Together with skilled governors, they constantly evaluate the work of the nursery. This has built a strong whole school team fully committed to further improvement. The nursery provides a model of excellence for other nurseries within the locality. Excellent relationships with local primary schools ensure a very smooth transition to Reception for all children.