The Ambleside Centre


Name The Ambleside Centre
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 12 December 2012
Address Ambleside Close, Woodley, Reading, Berkshire, RG5 4JJ
Type Nursery
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 147
Local Authority Wokingham
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

The maintained Nursery provision, which is similar in size to other nursery schools is known as Meadows and is part of the Early Years provision including Children’s Centre services at the Ambleside Centre. The Nursery sessions run from 9.00-12.00 and 1.00-4.00 in term time. Children attend 15 hours Nursery provision and parents can pay for extra sessions. There are flexible arrangements for wraparound care from 8.00-6.00 and the school holidays. There are higher than average proportions of children who are from minority ethnic groups and who speak English as an additional language. There is a higher than average proportion of children supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. There is a much higher than average proportion of children supported at school action, the majority of these experiencing delay or impairment in speech and language development. At the time of the inspection, no children were supported by pupil premium funding. There are two places for pre-school children with statements of special educational needs for hearing impairment. They are supported by daily visits from teachers of the deaf, based at a local authority hearing impairment resource base in another primary school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The Ambleside Centre is a very special place to learn. Adults and children work together in a strong partnership so that learning takes place naturally and in a very skilled way. Children make excellent progress in their physical, social and communication development, planning what they are going to do and explaining what they have done. Every minute is used exceptionally well by staff to have continual conversations with children about what they are doing. Excellent questions enable children to try new experiences and make continual discoveries. The whole Nursery, indoors, outdoors and all the resources are laid out so that children have an excellent choice of equipment and activities always available to them. Children behave extremely well. They are usually playing with a friend and so involved in what they are doing that even minor disagreements are very rare. All the staff work exceptionally well as a team, characterised by very high quality professional relationships with each other, the children and parents. Leaders and managers involve children, parents and the governing body in working out how to continually improve. They make changes in response to suggestions and are always looking for new ideas and learning new things together. These are very effective and this is one of the reasons for the outstanding teaching and achievement. Many people visit the Nursery from other pre-school providers to find out about outstanding practice but the school rightly recognises it could do more to share staff skills and ideas.