Ogley Hay Nursery School

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About Ogley Hay Nursery School

Name Ogley Hay Nursery School
Website http://www.ogley-hay-n.walsall.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Address Brickiln Street, Brownhills, Walsall, West Midlands, WS8 6AU
Phase Nursery
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 88
Local Authority Walsall
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Ogley Hay Nursery School continues to be an outstanding school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Ogley Hay Nursery School is 'one big happy family.'

Leaders prioritise working in partnership with children and their families. The school motto 'together we learn more' is at the heart of everything this school does. Staff greet children and their families warmly each day.

Children are very happy and safe. They settle well and thrive socially. Parents are very positive about leaders and staff.

Leaders are highly ambitious for all children. They make sure that children are very well prepared for the next stage in their education. The calm, orderly environment en...ables children to focus on their learning.

Adults read to children regularly. A wide range of enriching experiences makes learning fun. For example, children enjoy watching chicks hatch from eggs in the nursery.

They explore working with clay with an artist. Children broaden their horizons through trips and visits to the farm and theatre.

Children's behaviour is exemplary.

Leaders set clear boundaries and have high expectations of how children will behave. Highly effective support from staff helps children to know what is expected of them throughout the day. Children are polite and kind to each other.

Incidents of poor behaviour or bullying are very rare. Leaders deal with any issues swiftly and effectively when they occur.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders have planned an ambitious, well-sequenced curriculum which is highly aspirational for all pupils.

Highly trained adults are supported to deliver the curriculum very well. Staff are extremely knowledgeable about the differing developmental needs of two-, three, and four-year-old children. The 'Ogley Hay learning goals' set ambitious endpoints for learning.

Staff tailor learning to the needs of each child so that every child can succeed. Children play and learn effectively together. They enjoy hunting for spiders and worms in the forest area.

They look at photographs of themselves to learn about past and present in their own lives. Staff check on children's learning regularly and recap on previous learning. This helps children to know and remember more over time.

Leaders ensure that staff are highly skilled. They have the resources they need to teach early reading and mathematics well. Staff are very effective communicators.

Children enjoy listening to, and joining in with, stories. They know many nursery rhymes and are eager to sing repeated phrases and perform actions. The daily routine supports early phonics and mathematics learning.

For example, children count how many are present in their group or have fun with sounds in words such as 'slither' and 'snake' during a jungle storytelling session. Adults are highly attentive and know how to support all children effectively. They ensure their learning and care needs are met.

Leaders provide many exceptional opportunities for children's moral, social and cultural development. Clear routines and structure help children to settle well into nursery life. During social times, such as breakfast time, children enjoy talking to adults and other children.

This helps them to develop positive relationships. Children serve their own cereal, pour out milk and put on their aprons independently. They learn to take turns when using equipment such as trikes.

Children learn to try again if they are not successful at a task or activity. This helps them to build a strong sense of resilience and know it is 'ok to have a go.' Children learn about cultures and festivals such as Diwali, lunar new year and bonfire night.

Activities such as creating firework pictures, making chalk rangoli prints or creating a 'leaf bonfire' help children to recreate experiences and events. All this allows children to flourish personally and socially.

Leaders, including governors, are passionate in making sure that every child will be successful.

The highly effective nurture provision is an example of how Ogley Hay Nursery goes above and beyond to support children with additional needs. Governors undertake regular robust checks on the work of the school. They identify the right priorities for continuous improvement which they monitor closely.

Staff value the support from leaders to manage their workload and well-being.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders prioritise the welfare of children.

They make sure that staff attend regular safeguarding training. This means that staff know how to keep children safe from harm, and can identify the issues that children may face. Staff record and report safeguarding concerns swiftly.

Excellent relationships with external agencies mean that leaders get the right help for children who need it.

Leaders make sure that they undertake appropriate pre-employment checks on staff before they start working at Ogley Hay Nursery School.

Ogley Hay is a strong community provision.

Leaders form effective relationships with children and families. Parents and carers value the range of support available to them.


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 the school to be outstanding in December 2012.

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