Balham Nursery School

Name Balham Nursery School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address 72 Endlesham Road, Balham, London, SW12 8JL
Type Nursery
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 76
Local Authority Wandsworth
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (01 May 2013)
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Information about this school

Balham is a maintained nursery school with a Children’s Centre providing extended services for families. There is also provision for two-year-old children. The Children’s Centre provides a range of classes for adults, including parent and baby sessions, baby massage, health care and positive parenting. All provision and services are managed by the governing body. Just over a third of the children are White British. The other children are from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. Thirteen different languages are currently spoken in the school, including English, Italian, Polish, Arabic and Urdu. About a third of the children speak English as an additional language and a small number are at an early stage of English acquisition. The proportion of disabled children and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported through school action plus or a statement of special educational needs is well above average. A small proportion of children are known to be eligible for free school meals.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Through exceptional leadership, the Nursery and Children’s Centre have successfully maintained and built on the strengths identified in the last inspection. Children make outstanding progress, and attainment by the end of Nursery is securely above that expected. Children make rapid gains in communication and language because of the emphasis placed on speaking and listening. They apply their number skills very well to solve practical problems. In physical development, children make outstanding gains in balancing, coordination and travel. Chidren gain an exceptional understanding of the world around them. Art and role play contribute very well to children’s creativity and expression. Teaching is creative, inspirational and promotes high-quality learning for children. Teachers and staff expect the best of the children. Children are eager to learn. Challenging and interesting learning activities are set at the right level for children’s different needs. Children thrive in an extremely positive and safe learning environment. Strong relationships are established, and children are cooperative, considerate and respectful. Children’s behaviour enhances their learning and is mostly exemplary. An established and experienced headteacher provides strong leadership and educational direction. Other key leaders are very effective. The headteacher and staff are firmly focused on providing high-quality teaching and exciting learning experiences. Teamwork is strong and all staff show determination in doing the very best for the children and their families. With outstanding leadership and strong teamwork, there is an outstanding capacity for further development. The Children’s Centre provides a range of quality services to support parents. Governance, the local authority and an external adviser make a valuable contribution to the school’s success. Highly productive partnerships have been established with parents and other agencies.