Nursery school outstanding in every category

Pen Green school has had an outstanding OFSTED report. Pictured is teacher Annette Cummings, head of centre Heather Donoyou, deputy head Angela Prodger with nursery school pupils Dawson, Harvey, Alfie & Tilina.

Pen Green school has had an outstanding OFSTED report. Pictured is teacher Annette Cummings, head of centre Heather Donoyou, deputy head Angela Prodger with nursery school pupils Dawson, Harvey, Alfie & Tilina.

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A nursery school in Corby has been judged outstanding in every department by Ofsted inspectors, and its staff, pupils and parents have won praise.

Pen Green Nursery’s first class report comes as its head, Heather Donoyou, retires, ending her time at the helm on a high note.

She said: “This is the third outstanding report the nursery school has been given in the last six years and it reflects the hard work of everyone involved, staff, pupils and parents.

“I am delighted.

“I have had a fantastic time as head at the nursery school and I’m looking forward to retirement and the new challenges ahead.

“I will miss everyone at Pen Green, the children and my colleagues.”

The Ofsted report follows a two-day inspection carried out at the end of November.

It describes the achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of children and leadership and management as outstanding.

The report says: “Children achieve exceptionally well because of outstanding teaching.

“Staff are extremely skilled in building on children’s own interests and enthusiasms to develop their understanding across all areas of learning.

“Exceptionally good relationships with parents contribute to children’s great enjoyment of school, their rapid progress in learning, independence and self confidence.”

The report on the nursery school, in Pen Green Lane, praises the high quality of the equipment available to pupils, the excellent training given to staff and strong teamwork.

It says: “Children’s outstanding behaviour, and strong feelings of being safe and secure, rest firmly on the warm, positive relationships they have with adults, particularly with their own family workers.

“All staff check on children’s progress regularly and accurately, and take action to make sure that no-one gets left behind in their learning.”

The nursery school can cater for a total of 240 children aged from two up to school age.

Its deputy head Angela Prodger said: “The entire staff strives for excellence in the education and care that is given to all our children and their families.

“The inspection by Ofsted was extremely thorough and we are delighted that we have been judged outstanding again.

“It is a testament to everyone’s hard work.”