Shrewsbury Prepatoria rated ‘outstanding’ in all areas


Ofsted inspectors have praised the Shrewsbury nursery for their ‘passionate’ and ‘encouraging’ teaching methods.

Shrewsbury Prepatoria’s inspection took place in November and they were rated ‘outstanding’ in all areas. The setting was rated ‘good’ in their previous inspection in 2014.

During the inspection, it was found that the children were ‘extremely happy and engaged at all times’ and that there was an excellent relationship between staff and parents.

Led by inspector Lesley Bott, the team stated: “Staff are passionate in providing an exciting environment for children to play and learn. They are knowledgeable and inspiring and show amazement at the wonderful and incredible things children do.”

Staff were commended for supporting children’s mathematical skills; they also managed behaviour ‘exceptionally well’.

“Superb questioning from staff helps children to extend and challenge their thinking and literacy skills. Staff have developed extremely effective arrangements for sharing information and working in partnership with other early years professionals,” said the inspectors.

Ofsted also found the quality of teaching to be ‘outstanding’. The report stated: “Children’s learning is exceptionally well promoted as they demonstrate their independence, creativity and imagination. A highly stimulating environment, rich in print, helps support children to acquire new language.

“Children thrive in this vibrant setting with the majority exceeding the expected development for their age. They gain excellent skills that prepare them very well for the next stage in their learning, such as starting school. They are exceptionally independent and enjoy a wide range of responsibilities.”

The manager of the nursery was praised by inspectors for being ‘an inspirational leader’ who is ‘extremely proactive in sharing ideas with staff’.

Ms Bott added: “She plans to develop the outdoor area even further to extend the already excellent learning opportunities for children who enjoy learning outdoors. She evaluates all aspects of the high-quality provision and uses the information to enhance children’s learning experiences.”

The nursery opened in 2013 and caters for children aged between three and five years.


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