Walton Lane Nursery School

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About Walton Lane Nursery School

Name Walton Lane Nursery School
Website http://waltonlane.org
Ofsted Inspections
Address Walton Lane, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 8BP
Phase Nursery
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 90
Local Authority Lancashire
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Walton Lane Nursery School continues to be an outstanding school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Children love coming to their nursery school. They happily wave goodbye to their parents and carers when they arrive each day. Children cannot wait to take off their coats and begin to play and learn.

There are so many exciting things to do, indoors and outdoors.

The nursery is a wonderful place for children to start their education. Leaders want nothing but the best for them.

Talented staff know just how to engage children in learning. Children thrive and achieve extremely well, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).
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For example, they know where to find the delicious healthy fruit for a snack when they are hungry. Children learn how to wash their hands carefully before they eat the fruit. These routines help children to develop independence and confidence in readiness for school.

Children's behaviour is excellent. They live up to staff's high expectations. They listen carefully to adults' instructions, for example, when it is time to stop playing and tidy up.

Children do not disturb each other when they are concentrating, for example, at story time. Leaders and staff do not tolerate bullying and they deal with any incidents extremely well.

Relationships between staff, children and parents are strong.

Children said they feel safe and secure. Parents who spoke with inspectors were delighted with the education provided by the leaders and staff.

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

Leaders provide an exciting curriculum, full of opportunities for children to develop and succeed in all areas of learning.

This ensures that children thrive and learn, including those with SEND.

Leaders and staff are experts in supporting children's early learning and development. They have used this expertise to decide the most important knowledge that they want children to learn during their time in the nursery.

The curriculum plans set out the order in which children need to learn this important knowledge. This ensures that children build up their learning securely and remember it well.

Staff have strong subject knowledge because leaders make sure that they receive valuable training.

This enables staff to plan exciting activities for children that help them to learn extremely well. For example, children used their knowledge of story language when they made up their own version of 'The Gingerbread Man'. They remembered important new vocabulary and used some sign language as they recited the story.

All children, including those with SEND, learn well in such activities.

Staff make story times magical. This helps children to develop a real love of reading and stories.

Children listen with rapt attention to their favourite books as well as to new stories. Staff introduce them to a wide range of texts, for example rhyming stories and poetry. This helps children to hear and remember more and more new words.

Children learn how to listen for sounds in their phonics activities. For example, they enjoy body percussion, when they tap out sounds on their hands and tummies. These listening activities prepare them well for learning about the sounds that letters represent in words.

Staff are skilled at checking that children have understood their learning. For example, children singing the number rhyme 'Five Little Ducks' were supported to correct themselves if they sang the numbers in the wrong order. This sensitive support ensures that children gain secure knowledge over time.

Leaders and staff work together to identify children who may have SEND. Leaders work extremely well with a range of professionals to make sure these children receive help promptly. Children with SEND learn as well as their classmates.

The learning environment helps children to develop high levels of independence and confidence for their age. Children quickly learn to find what they need. For example, children know where to find the paint and decorative glitter when they want to create a picture or a collage.

They learn to put on their own coats, to make choices about where to play and to try out new experiences.

Children learn about diversity in their community and the wider world, for example, through enjoying stories about families from different cultures. They learn to share and to show each other care and concern.

The nursery prepares children extremely well for primary school.

Governors receive a range of useful information from leaders, for example, about how well children are learning. They ask leaders challenging questions about the impact of the decisions they make for children.

This helps to reassure them that the school is running well. Governors and leaders are considerate of staff's workload and well-being. Staff said they feel supported in their work.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders regularly provide a range of safeguarding training for staff. For example, staff are trained to recognise the signs of abuse.

Leaders and staff know what action to take should they have a concern about a child.

Leaders make sure that the learning environment is a safe place for children. Staff get to know children and families well.

This helps them to recognise when children may be in need of help. Through their excellent working relationships with a range of professionals, leaders secure this help promptly for children.


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 a section 8 inspection of a good or outstanding school, because it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the section 8 inspection as a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the first section 8 inspection since we judged the school to be outstanding in May 2016.

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