Sheffield nursery school rated outstanding for second consecutive inspection

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A Sheffield school is top of the class – after being rated outstanding by inspectors for the second consecutive time.

Children at Broomhall Nursery School, the oldest nursery school in the city, were found to be achieving exceptionally well and making excellent progress from a variety of starting points.

Teachers and support staff were creating inspirational learning opportunities to interest the youngsters and fire their imaginations, helping the school secure outstanding ratings in every category from inspectors.

Inspectors said an impressive curriculum was stimulating the desire to learn and explore, while a new approach was proving effective in developing the children’s speaking, thinking and early writing skills.

They said children’s behaviour and concentration levels were rapidly developing, because activities were so interesting.

Both the indoor and outdoor learning areas were highly appealing to pupils and supported all areas of their development.

Broomhall had outstanding links with parents and families, who received advice and encouragement on how to support their children’s learning.

Diane Hetherington, headteacher, was praised as inspirational in her leadership of highly effective staff who were building on strengths found at the last inspection.

She said: “Children, parents, carers, staff and governors should all be justly proud of this report, because we couldn’t have done it without their unfailing support.”