Oakwood is ‘outstanding’

Oakwood Primary Academy (formerly Oakwood School). February 12th 2013 E07176P
Oakwood Primary Academy (formerly Oakwood School). February 12th 2013 E07176P

A nursery school in Willingdon Trees has been judged by Ofsted as outstanding.

Little ones and staff at Oakwood Nursery in Magnolia Drive, which transferred to Aurora Academies Trust last September, are celebrating the successful inspection.

The report stated, “The quality of the educational programmes is exceptional.

“Children’s progress in all areas of their development is excellent, given their abilities and starting points.

“Practitioners are highly skilled and have a very secure knowledge of how to support children’s learning.”

Tim McCarthy, chief executive officer of Aurora Academies Trust, said, “This superb report demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest quality early years provision, as it is the building block upon which children’s future success is guaranteed.”

Ofsted singled out the manager of the nursery Sam Attwater for special praise.

Inspectors said, “Leadership and management are exceptionally strong and practices are inspirational.

“A fully committed staff team works closely with the manager to monitor the provision. Staff and management continually reflect on their practices and look for ways to improve what they already do well”

Mrs Attwater said, “I am delighted with this report as it reflects the vision and hard work of all of our staff.

Every child is important to us and we are continually striving to bring the best out of each of them.”

The safety of the children at the nursery was praised within the report and the inspectors also highlighted how effectively the nursery works with parents.

It said, “Partnerships with parents and others are extensive and exceptional. Parents are encouraged to be fully involved both in their children’s learning and the assessment process.”

Jane Foyle, Oakwood Primary Academy’s head of school, said, “This report gives a tremendous boost to the whole of the Oakwood community and we look forward to building on its success.”

Helen Kavanagh, an Executive Vice President of Mosaica Education, took this point further and concluded “Oakwood Nursery is a Beacon of Excellent Practice which we will now share across our other Early Years settings in Aurora Academies in East Sussex so that they all provide outstanding early years education and also across all our international schools in India and Dubai.”

The nursery opened in 2006 but re-registered last year when it became an academy. A total of 46 children currently attend the nursery.