A Newmarket nursery school described as “inspirational” has been awarded its second outstanding rating by government inspectors in three years.
The Colourbox Montesorri Nursery in Exning Road received top marks in all three categories examined by inspector, Sarah Clements, including the effectiveness of the school’s leadership, how well it met the needs of all the children who attended, and the contribution made by early years provision to the well being of pupils.
“It is fantastic news as we all constantly work really hard to ensure we keep up our high standards,” said the schools operations manager Sarah Copping.
”At the last inspection we were graded outstanding, but even then we knew there was lots more we wanted to do to carry the group forward.
“It really is exciting as the report is page after page of compliments to the staff and the children.
“When the Ofsted inspector had finished her day with us she said she needed to think of a word to describe the school and the word she came out with was inspirational.”
The school, which was first registered in 1993, is based within the grounds of Newmarket College, and caters for 179 children all of whom are in the early years age group.
There are 26 members of childcare staff, 22 of whom hold appropriate early years qualifications at level 2 and above, as well as a business manager and a cook.
In her report the inspector said: “The quality of teaching is exceptional throughout the nursery school. As a result children of all ages, including children with special educational needs and/or disabilities, are highly motivated to learn and make rapid progress in relation to their starting points.”
She added: “Inspirational and highly successful leadership means that staff work extremely well as a cohesive and forward thinking team.
“Staff, children and parents are heavily involved in identifying priorities for development to secure excellent enhancements to the existing outstanding provision for children.”
The inspector said the school’s special educational needs co-ordinator was “inspirational” and as a result made “remarkable progress” after just a short time at the school.
Arrangements for safeguarding children at the school were also said to be “outstanding” with all youngsters closely supervised at all times.
“Staff are successful in creating a calm, nurturing and child-orientated environment in which children feel immensely comfortable, safe and secure,” said the report.
“Children have rich opportunities to develop new emotional attachments which provide a strong base for them to feel extremely well-prepared for their transition into school.”