Press release

Farley Nursery School at Sparsholt has been designated as ‘outstanding’ in its recent Ofsted inspection to equal the achievements of its sister schools in Farley and Steeple Langford.

The school opened in 2014 and follows the ‘outdoor learning’ ethos, operating from three yurts in rural Sparsholt near Winchester. The report found that the children “enthusiastically take part in an abundance of superb play and learning activities.” Overall the inspection rated the school outstanding in each of four key categories: leadership, quality of teaching, personal development and outcomes for the children.

Commenting on the award, Farley Nursery School founder Sue Palmer said “We are thrilled and delighted that the Sparsholt Nursery School has been officially recognised as outstanding, innovative and uncompromising in the pursuit of excellence. At the heart of our educational approach is the desire for each of our children to flourish within a safe and wonderfully stimulating environment.”

Sue’s husband and business partner Gary added “It’s a tremendous result for the school to have all three settings given the outstanding accolade and the credit must go to our dedicated staff, parents and of course our children.”

The Farley Nursery School at Sparsholt, which caters for up to seventy children, is open from 8am until 6pm for 51 weeks a year. Children aged from six months can attend on a sessional basis or throughout the year until they start school.

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