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EARLY years education at a school in Southsea has been praised by inspectors.

Little St John’s, the Early Years Department of St John’s College, is celebrating after receiving an outstanding inspection report from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

It comes just one month after the new setting opened.

The team of inspectors graded the provision for boys and girls aged between two and five as outstanding in every category.

Tony Shrubsall, head of the junior school said: ‘I am delighted with the report – which recognises how we strive to ensure positive relations with our colleagues, parents and children.

‘I am extremely proud of the children and their teachers. Everybody works so hard here at St John’s College and it is clear that the very high standards we seek are achieved on a daily basis.

‘Moving the nursery into the school has evidently helped improve our provision.

‘As well as a brand new nursery setting, we had the opportunity to improve access to college facilities, increase security, and we have introduced open plan rooms to help prepare our children for the classroom environment ready for when they progress to our Reception class.’