Nursery celebrates after receiving ‘outstanding’ from Ofsted four times in a row

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Ofsted praised Selly Oak Nursery School for their hard work and for being strongly focused on the care and development of each child.

The Birmingham–based nursery school, which opened in 1904, has strong links with trailblazing social reformer George Cadbury. It opened with the support of the Cadbury family.

The school’s latest ‘outstanding’ rating marks over a decade of high-quality teaching for children aged three and four years old. They achieved ‘outstanding’ ratings previously in 2007, 2010, and 2013.

Head teacher Mrs Yvonne James said: “We always strive to put children at the heart of everything we do at Selly Oak Nursery School. It is vitally important that we give our pupils the best possible introduction to their education.

“To be named ‘Outstanding’ for the fourth time in a row is a tremendous achievement and a testament to all of the hard work and dedication of our talented staff.”

Overall, Ofsted highlighted how staff at Selly Oak reflect on their teaching in order to implement new ideas to get the best out of the children.

Inspectors noted that its forest school, which provides an open space in the middle of Birmingham, gives children a chance to explore nature.

As well as this, Ofsted applauded teachers for their “meticulous” lesson planning and a collective approach which allows pupils to flourish.

The Ofsted report said: “All staff at Selly Oak Nursery are committed to meeting children’s individual needs. Children explore, observe, consider, share, build and record for a wide variety of purposes in a wealth of learning areas and environments.”

The nursery school has actively embraced UNICEF’s Rights Respecting Schools Award, which helps to develop children’s acceptance of difference and diversity.

Selly Oak belongs to Birmingham Nursery School Trust, which is a collaboration of 27 ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ maintained nursery schools working in partnership together.

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