In September 2014 Ofsted said we are Outstanding. We were thrilled. This is the third time the Nursery School has been rated as Outstanding.

You can read our full report here: Ofsted Report September 2014

Here is a summary:

Castle Vale Nursery is a special place to learn, where everyone is welcomed and valued. Children greatly enjoy all the stimulating and exciting activities. They become excellent learners and are very well prepared for school life.

All groups of children, including disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, make at least good, and often outstanding progress.

Teaching is outstanding because staff know the children very well as individuals. capacityPlanning is based on a highly developed understanding of individual children’s needs and interests.

A rich curriculum interweaves many opportunities to develop children’s spiritual, moral, social, and cultural skills.

Children thrive because of the strong focus on care and nurture. However, children do not always have enough opportunity to reflect on and talk about how they can improve their work.

Children feel safe and well looked after, and show exemplary behaviour.

Underpinning the school’s continued success are the dedication and expertise of the headteacher. She provides inspirational leadership and is ably supported by senior staff and governors.

Regular evaluations are made of teaching and children’s achievement, and carefully thought-out actions are taken as needed. This has enabled the school to maintain its outstanding status for a third inspection.

Governors challenge and support the school well, although parents and carers are not always aware of the contribution that governors make.

Parents are highly supportive. One summed up their views by saying, ‘We couldn’t want for anything more in a nursery. Lots of attention, exciting things and helpful staff.’


We are always aiming to improve. Here is our School Improvement Plan  so you can see how we are working to be even better       SEF Summary Castle Vale


Ofsted also asked us to think about two things:

  • Provide more opportunities for children to reflect on and talk about how they can improve their work.
  • Provide parents and carers with more information about the work governors do and their impact on
    helping the school improve.

We have been working hard towards these targets. Please read: What we have been doing towards our Ofsted Targets since 2014