'Outstanding' Ofsted success makes it four in a row

STAFF and children at Selly Oak Nursery School are celebrating a quadruple achievement after receiving an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grading for the fourth time in a row.

Ofsted hailed our hard work and for being strongly focussed on the care and development of each child.

Opening in 1904 as the first of its kind in the city, we have strong links with trailblazing social reformer George Cadbury.

Our latest success seals over a decade of high quality teaching for boys and girls aged three and four-years-old, building on previous ‘Outstanding’ ratings awarded at each of our last three inspections in 2007, 2010 and 2013.

Head Teacher Mrs Yvonne James said: “We always strive to put children at the heart of everything we do at Selly Oak Nursery School. It is vitally important that we give our pupils the best possible introduction to their education.

“To be named ‘Outstanding’ for the fourth time in a row is a tremendous achievement and a testament to all of the hard work and dedication of our talented staff.”

In its summary, Ofsted singled out how staff at Selly Oak reflect on their teaching in order to implement new ideas to get the best out of the children.

Our Forest School, which provides a tranquil open space in the middle of Birmingham and gives youngsters a chance to explore nature, was also hailed by the inspector.

As well as this, Ofsted praised teachers’ “meticulous” lesson planning and a collective approach which allows pupils to flourish.

Another strength highlighted was the school’s determination to treat all children on a “level playing field”.

The Ofsed report said: “All staff at Selly Oak Nursery are committed to meeting children’s individual needs. Children explore, observe, consider, share, build and record for a wide variety of purposes in a wealth of learning areas and environments.”

Opened and funded by the Cadbury family, Selly Oak continues to be at the forefront of pre-school development and learning.

Providing education for three and four-year-olds, it has also embraced UNICEF’s Rights Respecting Schools Award, which focuses on the rights of the child.

We belong to Birmingham Nursery School Trust, working in partnership with 27 high quality Local Authority establishments.

This involves Head Teachers discussing sustainability and ways of continuing to provide exceptional educational experiences for the youngest children.

Registration for 2018-19 places is now open and anyone interested in finding out more can visit www.sellyoak-nur.bham.sch.uk or call 0121 472 1700.