Nursery school judged outstanding by Ofsted

Pupils painting at Southways Nursery
Pupils painting at Southways Nursery

A Bedford nursery school has been judged to be Outstanding in its latest Ofsted report.

Southway Nursery School, in Ampthill Road, made the grade after a two-day assessment from inspectors, in March.

The inspectors evaluated a wide-range of evidence and gave an outstanding grade to the Achievement of Pupils, the Quality of Teaching, the Behaviour and Safety of Pupils, and the school’s Leadership and Management.

Ofsted’s report noted “this is a nursery where everyone is welcome and valued. The staff are passionate and committed to ensuring that the children and their families are at the heart of everything that they do.”

Bedford Borough Council’s Director for Children’s and Adults’ Services Kevin Crompton said: “Congratulations to the staff at Southway Nursery School for operating at the highest standard possible. This setting has gone from good to outstanding. It offers a fantastic environment in which children are nurtured at this vital and formative stage of life.”

The report also highlighted “the exceptional head teacher, well supported by a highly-committed deputy head teacher and staff team, has ensured that significant improvements have been made in all areas of the school’s work.”

Head teacher Isabel Davis said: “We are delighted that our nursery school has been recognised as Outstanding. Myself and the team take great pride in our work and it is most pleasing to know that we are getting it right when it comes to giving children the support they need for a happy and fulfilled life ahead.”

The nursery school recently hosted a fun day event which celebrated Peter Pan, Southway, and Cherry Trees Nursery Schools/Day Care settings coming together to form the Bedford Nursery Schools Federation.