Ten reasons to celebrate for two outstanding city nurseries
Two city nurseries held a well-deserved celebration event after both were rated Outstanding by Ofsted – each for the fifth time in a row!
Eastfield and Bilston Nursery Schools organised a carnival day at Eastfield Nursery, with children taking part in a parade and given a special T-shirt to mark the achievement.
Inspectors who visited Eastfield Nursery in March 2023 found that children 'really do bloom and grow' at the school, arriving 'happily each day with huge smiles ready to enjoy the well-planned activities on offer'.
The nursery's indoor and outside learning environment is 'superbly organised', there is an 'ambitious curriculum' and staff are 'expert, enthusiastic storytellers who bring traditional and modern tales alive'. Learning about the natural world is an important part of the curriculum at Eastfield Nursey, and the school has its own woodland oasis where children get a close look at living things.
Meanwhile, when they visited Bilston Nursery School last November they found that 'the buzz of learning is evident in every part of the nursery', with governors and school leaders 'unwavering in setting the highest standards and expectations of themselves, staff and children', and that 'staff plan high-quality learning experiences'.
Staff are 'completely in tune with children’s feelings, needs and next steps for learning' and all children, including those with special educational needs, 'learn to know and manage themselves well and make sense of the world around them', meaning they are 'fully prepared for primary school'.
Emma Smith, Executive Headteacher of Bilston and Eastfield Nursery Schools, said: "I am thrilled that Ofsted has continued to recognise the quality of education and care that the children receive at Eastfield and Bilston Nursery Schools.
“Both schools are very special places for children to learn and having this recognised by Ofsted for the fifth consecutive time is something everyone associated with the school is very proud of. I feel honoured and privileged to lead such a fantastic team of hard working and committed people who strive to provide the best for every child.”
Councillor Chris Burden, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education, said: "To be rated Outstanding by Ofsted once is a significant achievement, so for two schools to be rated Outstanding five times in a row is nothing short of incredible.
"I would like to congratulate Emma and the teams at both Eastfield and Bilston Nursery Schools for their hard work and dedication which has made this possible."
Celebrating another set of Outstanding Ofsted reports for Eastfield and Bilston Nursery Schools are children with, left to right, Sukdev Jassal, Teacher at Eastfield Nursery School, Kath Rogers, Chair of Governors at Eastfield Nursery School, Councillor Chris Burden, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education, Emma Smith, Executive Headteacher of Eastfield and Bilston Nursery Schools, Brenda Wile, the council's Deputy Director of Education, and Lisa Clare, Teacher at Bilston Nursery School.