Nursery delighted with glowing Ofsted report

Staff and pupils at St Gregory's Montessori Nursery School
Staff and pupils at St Gregory's Montessori Nursery School

AN EASTBOURNE nursery school has won glowing praise in an Ofsted report.

St Gregory’s Montessori Nursery School was marked as outstanding for effective leadership and management, safeguarding pupils and engagement with parents and carers.

The school for toddlers in Victoria Drive was judged to be ‘good’ by education inspectors.

A spokesperson for the nursery school, which opened in 1989, said, “This wonderful report is a great reward for all the hard work and commitment of the St Gregory’s Montessori School staff team.”

Ofsted inspector Lisa Toole, who visited the school in March 1, reported staff were highly committed to improving their own abilities and the 55 children who attended the school reaped the benefits. The report was published on March 18.

She wrote, “Children are able to feel emotionally secure because of the caring approach by staff, who know the children well.”

During her inspection she asked children for their views and they literally burst into song about how much they enjoy the nursery, explaining that it is because they can do lots of building.

Parents are also reported to endorse the quality of the school, which supports many children with special educational needs. It also caters for children whose second language is English.

“Parents praise the group and its staff very highly; they are very happy with the care their children receive and feel actively involved in their children’s experiences at the group,” wrote Ms Toole.

Although she praised the broad range of activities made available to children, she said more consideration could be given to children’s spontaneous creativity through art and craft experiences.

She also said assessments do not always clearly chart children’s progress. The Montessori method of teaching allows children greater freedom to choose how they learn, as it is believed they have an inner natural guide for their development.