Rainhill Community Nursery


Name Rainhill Community Nursery
Website http://rainhillnursery.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Deepdale Drive, Rainhill, Prescot, Merseyside, L35 4NW
Type Nursery
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 71
Local Authority StHelens
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (31 October 2012)
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Information about this school

This is an average sized nursery school. The large majority of children are from White British backgrounds. A small proportion of children are from families who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled children and those who have special educational needs supported by Early Years school action is broadly average. The proportion of children supported at Early Years school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school provides additional ’wrap-around’ care for children outside normal school hours through its breakfast and after-school clubs. The headteacher is the Local Authority Strategic Lead for Early Years and is seconded for three days a week when the school is run by the senior teacher. There is a children’s centre on site. This is not managed by the governing body and is subject to a separate inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Children make excellent progress. By the time they leave, they achieve high standards especially in their personal, social and early reading and writing skills. Children are very happy, busy and inquisitive. Disabled children and those with special educational needs make outstanding progress in response to the excellent care and support they receive. The quality of teaching is outstanding. Lessons are extremely well planned and inspire children to make the best progress they can. Adults’ very thoughtful questions help children learn to think for themselves and to understand more about the world around them. Relationships between staff, children and their parents are very good. As a result, children feel safe and their behaviour is excellent. The well-organised classrooms and attractive resources stimulate children’s curiosity and make them eager to learn. They especially enjoy finding out about the natural world in the extensive outdoor spaces. The headteacher is highly ambitious for the school and sets a clear direction which staff successfully follow. The governing body is extremely well informed and effective. As a result of outstanding leadership and management the school has successfully maintained children’s excellent achievement and high quality of teaching since the last inspection. The school makes a very good contribution to the development of the Early Years Foundation Stage education within the local authority, particularly through its partnerships with other schools.