"The headteacher provides strong leadership in the early years. She monitors progress
closely through frequent observations of children’s learning. Her accurate evaluation of
the strengths and weaknesses of the early years environment has resulted in positive
steps to extend learning into outdoor areas."
"The trust supports staff well to continually develop their practice. For example, early
years staff across the trust meet regularly to check the accuracy of their assessments.
Trust advisers deliver focused staff training, based on the needs of the children. For
example, recent workshops for phonics have increased the confidence of teaching staff
in delivering high-quality lessons. As a result, children’s phonic knowledge is improving
"The proportion of children achieving a good level of development last year was above
national averages. Leaders’ current assessment information shows strong progress
from starting points this year. In particular, the school has successfully narrowed the
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gap between the progress of disadvantaged children and their peers. As a result, the
children are well prepared for the next stage of their education."
"Parents of children in the early years are well informed about their children’s progress.
Teachers share each child’s ‘unique story’ regularly with parents, encouraging them to
contribute to their children’s learning at home. The ‘unique story’ provides an
informative report to parents on their children’s feelings about their learning, as well as
how well they are achieving. Parents value opportunities to attend regular sessions
during the school day to work alongside their children and explore a range of activities."
"Children in the early years make good
progress. As a result of good leadership and
effective teaching, they are active and
inquisitive, engage well with adults, and
explore their learning enthusiastically."