Walbrook Nursery School in Normanton boasts an ‘exceptional’ relationship between parents and staff, and thanks to this relationship a Government inspector deemed the nursery outstanding for the 5th time in a row.

Head teacher Karen Clark stated, “Our outstanding parents have created an outstanding school again.” Mrs Clark was praised by the inspector for being committed and passionate about her job, stating that the behaviour of the children was found to be outstanding and that this was a result of “highly positive relationships between the staff, children and parents.”

Further praise was issued throughout the report, with the inspector applauding the setting for becoming a ‘forest school’ - giving the pupils an opportunity to visit a woodland away from the setting’s inner city location.

Offering a wide range of opportunities, the inspector stated that the activities helped “secure rapid progress and high levels of motivation”.

Continuing, she said it enables the children to “learn practically” about the world around them by “[using] all their senses to appreciate the beauty of nature.”

Glowing Review

Mrs Hinds carried out the inspection on Walbrook Nursery School and mentioned that the strong links developed between parents and staff is present before the children start school via home visits, “which enable children to settle quickly into school life.”

She adds that parents stay and talk informally with the staff at the start of the day or help their child to eat a healthy snack, which secures “a very positive and productive start”.

Mrs Hinds concludes in her report that “Partnership work is outstanding. Parents are true partners in their child’s education and they fully appreciate the outstanding work of the school.

“There are no recorded incidents of bullying or racism. Children say they feel safe and agree.

“Many parents were keen to give their views about the school during the inspection.

“They were overwhelmingly positive, with many saying the school was like a ‘big family’ and one parent said: ‘The staff treat the children as if they were their own.’”

Thanks to parents

As a thank-you to parents, the 80-pupil school invited them to visit the location at Elm Wood, near Moorways Sports Centre, to see the children’s activities.

Mrs Clark said: “They were able to work with owls, cook on an open fire and make clay pots, among other things. We wanted to do this to say thank you to the parents.

“The impact of our partnership with parents and children’s learning is amazing. We are all very proud.”

How important is the relationship between parent and staff within nursery settings? How much of  an impact do you think this can have on a child’s development? 

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