St Philip's Marsh nursery celebrates good Ofsted report

Published on: 27 Oct 2017

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Pictured: Many events celebrate the school's multicultural catchment area

STAFF and children at St Philip’s March nursery are celebrating after Ofsted inspectors rated the school as ‘good’ and made some highly complimentary comments.

“Parents cannot praise both nurseries highly enough,” said the inspectors’ report. “They enthusiastically report that not only are staff ‘brilliant’, but they ‘are making a huge positive difference to this world’ through the way in which they treat each child and help them to develop as individuals.”

Ofsted, who visited the school on September 19, also praised the school’s efforts to celebrate the diverse community it serves.

“The richness and diversity of the local community is clearly reflected in the work of the school. For example, all the children experience the thrill of Christmas, the challenge of eating with chopsticks and the lively Eid celebrations.”

Pupils speak up to 10 different languages at home, and headteacher Simon Holmes said the school sees this as an advantage rather than a disadvantage.

“We have books and signs in lots of different languages,” he said. “It’s all about respecting all the children’s cultures and getting them to respect each other. For example, we are doing Diwali at the moment [the Asian festival of lights] and the children absolutely love it. They are very open to new experiences and it’s lovely the way they do integrate. If you encourage that ethos at a young age I think it carries forward.”

The school has also worked hard to improve the progress of boys, who tend to fall behind girls. “They are now progressing at a faster rate than girls because they are provided with a wide range of role play activities, particularly outdoors. For example, boys enjoy pretending to be

superheroes such as Batman and Robin and extend their vocabulary through play. They quickly gain confidence with their speaking skills, eagerly engage in mark-making activities and enjoy reading books about their chosen theme,” said the Ofsted report.

Mr Holmes said he was particularly pleased that the inspectors found that pupils felt secure, and had praised “an impressive culture of safeguarding”. 

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