Ofsted praises nursery school in Southsea

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A NURSERY school is celebrating after maintaining the second best Ofsted grade for the second time in a row.

Brambles Nursery School and Children’s Centre in Southsea was described as ‘good’ overall with a ‘good’ capacity for sustained improvement following a visit by inspectors on February 8 and 9.

The nursery won a combination of ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ grades in 28 sub-categories – which included top marks for children’s safety, behaviour, community involvement and healthy lifestyles.

Inspector Susan Mann wrote: ‘The extent to which children feel safe at school is excellent.

‘Adults have successfully created an exceptionally caring and secure environment.

‘The quality of children’s behaviour is outstanding. Children demonstrate exceptional consideration and compassion for one another as they play and move around the nursery.

‘Children’s contribution to the school community is excellent.

‘The extent to which children are encouraged to adopt healthy lifestyles is superb.’

She added: ‘The quality of teaching is good.

‘Children benefit from a balance of child-initiated play and adult-led activities.’

Headteacher Allison Gale said: ‘We’re delighted with the inspector’s comments.

‘The report says our results on safeguarding healthy lifestyles and community involvement have all improved and are now outstanding.

‘This reflects how important these aspects are to us.

‘It’s great to have the hard work of staff, parents and children recognised.’