Monday, 02 August 2021

Pre-school is rated ‘good’

WOODCOTE Pre-School has been rated “good” by education watchdog Ofsted.

WOODCOTE Pre-School has been rated “good” by education watchdog Ofsted.

The group, which meets at the village hall off Reading Road, was previously rated as “requires improvement”.

The latest inspection took place at the end of last term.

The inspectors’ report said the pre-school now offers “an excellent start to children’s learning” with “good quality teaching”.

It was almost rated “outstanding” for leadership and management.

The report said the children are “very happy” and form close relationships with staff while making good progress with their education. They are well-behaved and “very kind and caring” towards each other.

When Ofsted inspectors last visited a year ago, they said the pre-school required improvement in all the areas assessed — effectiveness of management, quality of teaching, personal development and the children’s educational outcomes.

They said progress had been made since a visit in 2014, when it scored similarly, but teaching was not “yet consistently strong” and not always clearly planned.

The pre-school, which has been running 50 years, says it is now working towards achieving an “outstanding” rating at its next inspection.

Ofsted says it can achieve this by improving how staff review their methods and monitoring children’s progress more closely.

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