Hungerford Nursery School rated Outstanding by Ofsted (again)

Congratulations to Hungerford Nursery School which is celebrating its well-deserved fifth consecutive ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted since 2007.

Daniel Lambert, Her Majesty’s Inspector, told the staff that he had not been to a happier school. He commented, “At this Nursery, laughter, imagination and joy abound and children feel safe, secure and valued.”

He added that the Nursery School “provides children with a brilliant start to their education” and that “children thrive here because staff equip them with the language, knowledge and attributes to last them a lifetime”. He highlighted promotion of language and vocabulary as a particular strength of the school saying “Children know and recognise the ‘language of learning’ that is used throughout the school.”

Leaders have constructed an exceptional curriculum that equips children with firm foundations that will serve them for years to come”.

Parents told the Ofsted inspectors that “This is an absolutely exceptional Nursery with the most wonderful, passionate staff.”

It was recognised that staff receive exceptional training and that children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities are given tailored and ambitious plans, with knowledgeable staff and parents working closely to overcome barriers to learning, so every child makes excellent progress.

Suzanne Taylor, Headteacher, said “Children and their parents work with us closely and effectively to achieve such a result. We are thrilled to have been judged ‘Outstanding’ continuously since January 2007. This accolade reflects the passion and professionalism of our dedicated staff and Governors to ensure the children and everyone engaged with Hungerford Nursery School is ‘the best we can be’”.

Maureen Martin, Chair of Governers, said “This is a fitting tribute to our Headteacher, the teachers and staff, and to the whole school community. We are immensely proud of the progress children make at this school and how it prepares them for future learning. It really is a privilege to be part of such an excellent school.”

Dominic Boeck, West Berkshire’s Executive member for Children, Young people and Education said, “To achieve and ‘Outstanding’ rating five consecutive times is a rare achievement for any school. I’m delighted by the comments from Ofsted. The school has created a wonderful, imaginative learning environment where everybody thrives.

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