Abbey Green Nursery School

Name Abbey Green Nursery School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Green Lane, Manningham, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD8 8HT
Type Nursery
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 99
Local Authority Bradford
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (29 April 2014)
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Information about this school

The school is a smaller than average-sized nursery school. Very few children are supported through early years action or early years action plus. Most children are of Pakistani heritage and there are smaller numbers of Indian and Bangladeshi families. There is an increasing number of asylum seekers and families from Eastern Europe. The large majority of children speak English as an additional language and around a quarter is at an early stage of acquiring English. The school brings together Early Years education and care with support for families on one site. The school’s headteacher and governing body are responsible for the maintained nursery school, and the children’s centre (designated in September 2004) and a setting for Two Year Old Education. Neither the children’s centre nor the provision for Two Year Old Education was part of this inspection. The most recent report for the children’s centre is available on the Ofsted website and none is currently available for the Two Year Old Education Setting. At the time of the inspection, one of the nursery school teachers was working on a temporary contract.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. This school makes a very positive difference to the lives of the children and their families. It is a long-standing contributor to the local community. The vast majority of parents rate the school very highly and do not hesitate in recommending it to others. Children achieve well from low starting points and make good progress in their learning. They are well prepared for primary school. Children are safe. Everyone is treated equally. As a result, children settle quickly and show respect for others. Staff work well together, providing a wide range of stimulating resources and activities that make learning fun. Children with disabilities and special educational needs achieve well because of good support that meets their individual needs. Children’s behaviour is good. They take turns well when playing with each other. High-quality care ensures that children always have someone to turn to. Good improvement is underway in assessing and tracking children’s attainment and progress. Learning activities hold the children’s interest. The children’s strong spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is very well fostered by celebrating the different cultures within the school community. Purposeful leadership by the headteacher and deputy headteacher results in an accurate view of the school’s performance. They work hard and are constantly improving the school. Governors successfully manage the performance of staff to get the best possible provision for children. They provide good quality challenge to school leaders. It is not yet an outstanding school because : When children are playing, they do not have enough opportunities to develop their speaking and writing skills as much as they could. Targets that are planned for children’s learning are not exact enough to take children on as far as they could. The plans for developing the school are not precise enough to help leaders to gauge the school’s progress efficiently.