Weston Way Nursery School

Name Weston Way Nursery School
Website http://www.westonway.herts.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Weston Way, Weston Way Nursery School, Baldock, Hertfordshire, SG7 6HD
Type Nursery
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 89
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
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Information about this school

This average-size nursery school provides morning and afternoon sessions, and admits children following their third birthday. Parents and carers can choose from these sessions. The school has an extended day care provision known as ‘Silver Circles’. Nursery children can access additional hours from this provision to add to their 15-hour entitlement. Evaluating this aspect of the provision was not part of this inspection. The proportion of disabled children and those who have special educational needs supported at early years action plus and the proportion supported at early years action is average. Most children are from White British backgrounds with a few from a range of minority ethnic families. Very few speak English as an additional language. Because of their age, no children are entitled to the pupil premium funding. The nursery is situated in an acre and a half of woodland that is designated as an educational nature reserve.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. All the outstanding features of the previous inspections have been sustained. Children make outstanding progress in all aspects of their development in all areas of learning. Teaching is outstanding. All staff plan exciting and challenging experiences which make learning fun. Staff use their considerable skills to extend learning through effective questioning and careful listening, successfully capturing the enthusiasm and interests of all children. The spectacular woodland garden provides children with a safe, open environment where they learn about the natural world and have opportunities to write, draw and measure. Children’s behaviour and safety are exemplary. They are able to concentrate for long stretches of time. The strong emphasis on children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is demonstrated by the way the children consider and respect others. Exemplary leadership from the headteacher and governors has ensured the nursery continues to improve and children’s outstanding achievement has been maintained. The management of teaching is very good and all staff work exceptionally well as a team. Children and families are warmly welcomed to the school. The school is constantly seeking ways to improve and is extending its excellent work with families in making better use of the home-school records of children’s achievements.