Abercromby Nursery School

Name Abercromby Nursery School
Website http://www.abercrombynurseryschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Falkner Street, L8 7qa, Merseyside, L8 7QA
Type Nursery
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 82
Local Authority Liverpool
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (12 July 2016)
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Information about this school

Abercromby is an average-sized Nursery school with a long-established and extensively planted garden. The Nursery serves a diverse local community. Twelve different languages are spoken by children at the school and 63% of the children speak English as an additional language. The most frequently spoken languages are Arabic and English. The school does not meet requirements on the publication of information about governance and about pupil premium on its website. A small number of children in the school are eligible for pupil premium funding. This funding is provided to support children who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities is broadly average. Children attend the school for between three and five terms depending on their date of birth and admission date. Each child has a key person who is either a teacher or a nursery nurse from the staff team. The school coordinates networking, support and training for a wide range of local schools and early years settings. A new headteacher has been appointed to start at the school from September 2016.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school This is a school that places a high value on the individual language and culture of each child, family and member of staff. Everybody is considered important. Children at the school benefit considerably from special experiences such as gardening and ‘forest school’ activities. They develop a love of being outdoors, growing fruit and vegetables and exploring nature. Through good teaching, both indoors and outdoors, children quickly and successfully make progress with their learning. Abercromby gives children a confident, happy start to their education. Children’s behaviour is excellent. They learn to value deeply their school garden, their families and their friends. They love going to school. The headteacher leads the school with passion and commitment. The headteacher and governors have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and where further improvement is required. The governing body gives the school’s leaders a good level of support and challenge. Mathematics teaching is strong because leaders carefully develop the expertise of staff. Children enjoy activities and are becoming confident mathematicians. A strong focus by staff on promoting communication and language is making sure all children, including those who speak English as an additional language, get the skilful teaching they need. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The accuracy of new assessments of children is not consistent across staff. Some school targets for improving teaching are not precise enough. Leaders and other staff cannot be sure that desired improvements in children’s learning are being achieved. Some arrangements to review children’s progress – particularly of the most able children – are too complex and time consuming. Leaders do not have access to the detailed information they need.