Top marks at Gosport nursery as hard work pays off

Children and staff at The Haven Nursery School in Gosport celebrate after the school gained an outsdanding OFSTED rating. Staff members (left to right), Lisa McNeill, Helen Moore, Hannah Mitchell, manager Jane Wardner, and |Jo Blair.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (13542-3)
Children and staff at The Haven Nursery School in Gosport celebrate after the school gained an outsdanding OFSTED rating. Staff members (left to right), Lisa McNeill, Helen Moore, Hannah Mitchell, manager Jane Wardner, and |Jo Blair.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13542-3)

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INSPIRATIONAL leadership and well-behaved children have helped a Gosport nursery to receive an outstanding Ofsted report.

The Haven Nursery School and Children’s Centre has been praised by inspectors and was rated outstanding across the board.

The nursery, which is part of a Sure Start children’s centre, has now been rated outstanding three times.

The report said that children of all abilities do exceptionally well, often from low starting points.

It also said that the school lives up to its name and parents and carers are entirely confident that their children are safe and secure.

Julie Caldwell, senior leader at the centre, said: ‘We are really delighted with the outcome. We think it reflects the ongoing hard work from all the team.

‘That’s not just the team at Haven, it’s our governing body, our parents and all the external people we work with to improve outcomes for children.’

Inspectors said that children behave extremely well and quickly develop a love of learning.

Mrs Caldwell added: ‘The inspector couldn’t believe that the centre was buzzing.

‘Everyone was so excited to be coming through the door and all loving being in the outdoor environment.

‘They are really enthusiastic to learn. That’s our goal – to send them off to school being excited to learn.’

Ofsted added that inspirational leadership by the headteacher means there is a continuous drive to get all children off to the best start.

Mrs Caldwell added: ‘We couldn’t have done it without the head and the deputy. Without the hard work, passion and drive this wouldn’t have been achievable. We have been very lucky.’

Cllr Peter Edgar, assistant member for education at Hampshire County Council, said: ‘This report demonstrates the council’s commitment to early years care and education.

‘Congratulations to all Haven staff and parents on this outstanding Ofsted grading.

‘It could only be achieved by teamwork and dedication.’

To improve further, inspectors said that staff could refine assessment procedures so they are more manageable and accessible.