Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Preschool regains top score in a year

GORING and Cleeve Pre-School has improved its Ofsted rating from “requires improvement” to “outstanding” in the

GORING and Cleeve Pre-School has improved its Ofsted rating from “requires improvement” to “outstanding” in the space of 12 months.

When inspectors visited the pre-school in Wallingford Road in July last year, they said it didn’t meet the minimum requirements in helping children to learn, contributing to their well-being or being effectively managed.

They downgraded its rating from the “outstanding” rating it had received after the previous inspection in 2009.

But, following another visit at the end of the summer term this year, they found the pre-school had made dramatic improvements and deemed it “outstanding” in all areas.

In 2015, the education watchdog said lessons weren’t always enjoyable or challenging enough and were sometimes too mundane, which failed to capture children’s attention and had a negative impact on their behaviour.

It also said their progress wasn’t being accurately monitored and managers weren’t providing enough support to improve this. Inspectors also felt that the quality of teaching was in decline because of a failure to provide staff training and evaluation.

Now it has praised the pre-school for bringing about such a “rapid” improvement and says the management team played an “exceptional” role in helping staff to make the necessary changes.

The latest inspection report says: “The appointment of a highly experienced leader, combined with the expertise of the supervisor and other staff, means the quality of teaching is now outstanding. Children’s different learning needs are meticulously and precisely planned for and they make excellent progress.

“Staff work together as an exceptional team. They are dedicated, caring and highly professional. It is clear they consistently ‘go the extra mile’ to make sure every child’s needs are fully met.”

Supervisor Debbie Lewington said: “This was wonderful news and it’s all thanks to the dedication and hard work of the entire pre-school community, from the staff and parents to the children themselves. We’ve worked as a team to achieve this.

“We knew we were good but to get ‘outstanding’ across the board was amazing.”

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