|Name||Newburn Manor Nursery School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||11 November 2014|
|Address||Townfield Gardens, Newburn, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE15 8PY|
|Number of Pupils||68|
Information about this school
The school is a broadly average-sized nursery school. Children attend for three hours each morning or afternoon. Children can attend nursery from the term of their third birthday until transferring to the Reception class of one of several local primary schools. Almost all children are of White British heritage and no children are currently in the early stages of learning English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled children or children with special educational needs is lower than average. The school is open from 8am until 6pm. Parents can buy additional sessions to extend the time their children spend in nursery. This childcare is run by the governing body. The school holds the National Healthy School award, the Investing in Children award, is a Green Flag Eco-School and has International School Status. The school is used regularly by Newcastle and other nearby local authorities to share good practice across the early years sector.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. The inspirational and thoughtful headteacher is supported by a very enthusiastic and dedicated team who have the highest expectations for all children. Every step is taken to ensure each child thrives in nursery and achieves their potential. Leaders, including the governing body, know the school very well and think hard about how to improve it further. They are determined to stay at the cutting edge of early years practice and to continue to be innovative and excellent. Parents are all extremely positive and delighted that their children can come to this nursery. They value the warmth and respect with which everyone is treated and are particularly pleased by how quickly their children become confident and independent. Behaviour is excellent. From the start, children are carefully taught how to behave and helped to think about what to do if a problem arises. This sensitive support leads to very independent, motivated children who work beautifully together. Children are very safe and secure in school. Exceptionally strong relationships create an atmosphere of trust where children are comfortable challenging themselves to do more. Children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is extremely strong because an understanding of and respect for each other are so embedded. Teaching is outstanding and remarkably consistent. Practitioners have an excellent understanding of how young children learn and they support this in a highly skilled way. Their detailed and thorough knowledge of each child lets them plan activities that are carefully designed to move learning forward. Children are encouraged to decide what they are going to do, to solve problems for themselves and then to think about what they have learnt. This is part of everyday life in nursery. However, there are fewer opportunities for children to look back on previous activities and learning and see how their skills and knowledge have developed while in nursery. Achievement is outstanding. Children make rapid progress from their starting points and, by the time they leave, are very well prepared for their next steps in learning. Children with special educational needs receive consistent and skilful support, enabling them to make the same excellent progress from their starting points. Teaching of early reading, writing and mathematical skills is particularly strong. No opportunity is missed to reinforce children’s learning in these areas and, as a result, some children are beginning to read and write by the end of nursery.