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Dickleburgh Pre-school awarded outstanding Ofsted report

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A pre-school soon to celebrate its 10th anniversary is outstanding all-round.

An Ofsted report on Dickleburgh Pre-school awarded the school its top grade in all five areas of inspection, maintaining its outstanding grade from its last inspection in 2016.

And a delighted school leader Sue Brown: “We are a team of eight and, since we opened in 2010, we have worked extremely hard for the community – because we love the work we do.

Pupils and staff are celebrating the report. Pictures by Mark Bullimore.
Pupils and staff are celebrating the report. Pictures by Mark Bullimore.

“I am extremely happy that we have been rewarded by the inspector who came and saw the great work we do.”

The Ofsted report said: “Children thrive and develop extremely positive attitudes to learning at this superb pre-school.”

It praised staff for carefully planning and providing a high-quality curriculum, and said the children were settled, confident and demonstrated that they felt safe and valued.

Pre-school leader Sue Brown.
Pre-school leader Sue Brown.

“Children’s behaviour is exemplary,” the report added. “They have a clear understanding of the rules and expectations of the pre-school. Children are kind and respectful towards each other. For example, they help their friends to zip up their coats.”

The report praised the “highly organised manager [who] is passionate about her role”.

Feedback was regularly sought from staff, parents and children and used to create detailed and precise plans for improvement which staff implemented with enthusiasm and skill.

The staff’s interaction with the children was outstanding, the report said.

Staff promoted children’s thinking skills to a high level and recognised when to step back and let them direct their own play and learning.

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The staff also established highly effective partnerships with other professionals in child care and partnerships with parents and families were superb.

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