Windham Nursery Rated ‘Outstanding’ By Ofsted
Windham Nursery, the only maintained nursery school in the borough of Richmond upon Thames, has maintained its ‘Outstanding’ rating following the latest Ofsted inspection.
The results were particularly welcome by the staff, as the inspection took place shortly after Ofsted introduced a new framework to the way it inspects and reports. As of last September, Ofsted inspectors spend less time examining test data and more time looking at what is taught and how it is taught, as they want to make sure that good results come from teaching a broad, rich curriculum which reflects real learning. In addition, there has been a change in headteacher since the previous inspection, in 2015.
Established more than 70 years ago, Windham Nursery has been consistently rated as Outstanding by Ofsted. It provides for children from 2 to 4 years old, who attend on either a full time or part time basis, and offers extended care through a lunchtime club. It has a dedicated, highly qualified, experienced and enthusiastic team with a low staff turnover.
Windham Nursery also has an additional resourced provision for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), named Jigsaw. It caters primarily for children with social and communication difficulties, including autism spectrum disorder.
During the inspection, which took place on 27 November 2019, Ofsted held meetings with the headteacher, year group leaders, the inclusion manager and the special educational needs coordinator, as well as members of the governing body, including the chair, and a representative from the local authority.
The recently published report describes Windham Nursery as “an exceptional place”, where children are “extremely happy and settled” and “play together and explore their environment with confidence”.
Staff are described as “experts in promoting children’s development”, designing activities that “build children’s knowledge systematically” and providing experiences throughout the day that “give children a real thirst to learn more”.
According to the report, staff ensure that children “apply their growing knowledge of the world in different contexts”. Promoting children’s love of reading is highlighted as “a clear priority”, with activities “carefully planned to strengthen children’s early language development”.
Staff are seen as “skilled at developing children’s social and communication skills” and the school is praised for its “strong culture of safeguarding”.
The inspection also took into consideration the views of parents and carers who have been “overwhelmingly positive” about the school, commending that “staff ‘go over and above what any other nursery does’”.
Commenting on the result of the Ofsted inspection, Beverley Turner, head teacher of Windham Nursery School, said:
“All at Windham were delighted with the feedback and report from Ofsted and we felt they prioritised the most important factors as a result of the new Ofsted framework.
They recognised the highly skilled professionals who nurture our children, enable them to flourish and inspire them to develop a love of learning.
We all felt they painted a true and rich picture of the special place that Windham is for our children and their families.”
Windham Nursery’s next Open Day for prospective parents will take place on 29 February at 10:00-11:30am.
The deadline to apply for a place for academic year 2020-21 is Monday 9 March 2020.
For more information on Windham Nursery School please visit https://www.windham.richmond.sch.uk/.
To read the full Ofsted report please visit https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/20/102882.