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Ofsted hails Stratford nursery as ‘good’ and ‘improving ​​​​​​​

Trust, staff, pupils and parents celebrate the latest positive Ofsted inspection results for Rebecca Cheetham Nursery, which is demonstrating “strong practice” and delivering “marked improvements”

Nursey hailed for raft of enhancements to learning, creating “a real hive of happy activity” and recommended for Section 5 inspection, which could lead to ‘Outstanding’ grade

A Stratford nursery has been hailed for providing good education, strong practice and delivering significant improvements overall, after a visit by schools’ watchdog Ofsted.

Rebecca Cheetham Nursery and Children’s Centre, based on Marcus Street, Stratford, was reaccredited with a ‘good’ standard after a visit by Ofsted in December 2018, with a recommendation it is put forward for a Section 5 inspection, which could lead to an ‘outstanding’ grade.

The inspection team hailed the teaching provided by the nursery, saying it had “improved considerably due to leaders’ determination” to boost training for staff and that “children make an excellent start to their education”.

Both the indoor and outdoor spaces “provide irresistible” opportunities for children to engage with activities and the nursery provides “excellent quality resources”, according to the inspection report. Inspectors also described the school as “family friendly” and a “real hive of happy activity”.

The teaching of reading was hailed as a particular strength and the team provide a “very strong safeguarding culture throughout school”. Parents were said to be “delighted with the school”.

The support the nursery has received from the Tapscott Learning Trust and the local authority was also praised with inspectors saying they provide “effective partnership arrangements that have challenged and inspired staff.”

The governing body at Rebecca Cheetham was praised for its highly skilled people who have worked diligently to ensure the nursery is provided with challenge and support, and they are “clear advocates” for the importance of nursery school education.

“We’ve come a long way since 2014,” said Rebecca Cheetham Nursery headteacher Rohan Allen. “We’re delighted that the inspection team has seen, first-hand, the improvements we’ve made since then. References like ‘family friendly’ and a ‘hive of happy activity’ – and obviously the praise we’ve been given for all the other improvements – makes us incredibly proud.

“Improvement is constant, so we will continue to work with our fantastic school community, governors and our partners at the Tapscott Learning Trust and the local authority, to explore ways to improve and to grow as a team, and to deliver outstanding education for the wonderful children at our nursery.”

Pictured: Rebecca Cheetham Headteacher Rohan Allen outside the nursery