A PORTSMOUTH nursery which is linked to a city secondary school has been rated as outstanding by Ofsted inspectors.
Little Sunbeams pre-school has been operating at Mayfield secondary school, North End, since October.
The report comes after Mayfield School recently announced proposals to become an all-through school, for children from the age of four up to 16.
Nursery manager Isobel Edwards said: ‘I’d like to congratulate all the staff and children on this result.
‘This is a testament to the work we have been doing together.’
Ofsted reported that the manager and staff are successful in organising and providing excellent opportunities for children to achieve and make very good progress across all areas of learning.
Staff supervision and appraisal arrangements are effective which means that staff are dedicated to working together as a team to meet children’s individual needs.
Mayfield headteacher David Jeapes said: ‘We’re delighted the new pre-school has established itself so quickly and effectively.
‘It’s great that Ofsted has recognised the impact that the senior school is having on the pre-school.
‘This outcome provides an excellent foundation on which to build our infant school in September 2014.’
Councillor Rob Wood, cabinet member for children and education at Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘Well done to all involved.
‘It’s pleasing to see this project working so well and providing an excellent model for the future.
‘Ofsted’s approval is timely given the recent decision to start a statutory consultation around making Mayfield a school for children aged four to 16.
‘Mayfield is well on its way to achieving its goal as a centre of excellence.’