Helmdon Acorns Pre-school graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted

Staff and trustees of Helmdon  Acorns Pre-school are celebrating after achieving the top grade of ‘Outstanding’ in all areas in its latest Ofsted inspection last month.

“We have a very strong staffing team and dedicated voluntary Committee of trustees, all of whom work extremely hard to make Helmdon Acorns a positive, enriching setting for the children attending our setting.” commented Liz Hart, Setting Manager.

“ We’re delighted that all this effort and dedication has paid off!”.

In particular, the report highlighted the following areas as exceptional:

  • “All children, including those with additional needs, make rapid progress in their learning. The staff are highly skilled in their teaching and engage the children in exciting activities that follow their interests and take full account of their next steps in learning.”
  • “Partnership working is exceptionally effective. Parents are happy with the care their children receive and they comment on how well the staff support their children. Staff have developed strong partnerships with local schools and this results in children having a very positive transition to them.”

The setting, which is situated in a rural position four miles from Brackley, recently benefitted from the addition of new outdoor equipment and storage facilities to support its popular Forest School activities. In addition, Helmdon Acorns was amongst the first organisations in the country to receive charitable funding from the HS2 train line development scheme; to provide an enlarged play surface outside to give the children lots of opportunities to develop their physical and turn taking skills.

To view the report in full, click here: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/EY420501

Enclosed photo: staff, trustees and children at Helmdon Acorns Pre-School

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