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Our Ofsted Report

Birchwood Nursery School had a graded inspection in February 2024, following an ungraded inspection in November 2022. We are delighted that Ofsted continues to judge Birchwood Nursery School to be an Outstanding School, meeting the outstanding criteria in all four areas of the inspection, the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development and leadership and management.

We are delighted with the outcome, which recognises the aspirational curriculum we have and the exceptional relationships staff have with the children.

The inspectors commented that:

Governors and school leaders are united in their pursuit of constant improvement. Working effectively with the wider school community, they have developed a clear vision and underpinning values. These inform all that they do as they move forwards together.

They went on to say that:

Expectations for behaviour are high, starting in Preschool. Even the youngest children rise to these expectations and flourish. Familiar routines, clear language and plenty of praise and encouragement help everyone learn how to behave very well.

Stories, songs and rhymes are at the heart of the curriculum. The school has thoughtfully selected high-quality texts to develop children’s language skills and a love of books.

Children are deeply engrossed in their learning throughout the day. Staff provide many opportunities throughout the day to introduce and practise new concepts and ambitious vocabulary.

Children revel in the outdoor space and opportunities to run and explore. Throughout the day, children in Preschool and Nursery develop independence. They show high levels of respect for each other as well as the staff who work for them.

Staff are vigilant to identify any children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

And finally:

Leaders know that the school’s provision enables children to thrive. As a result, children are well prepared and ready for the next step in their education.


Please do take time to read the full report below:


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