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‘Inspirational’ work of staff is praised in club’s Ofsted report

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 25, 2014

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AN East Staffordshire out-of-school club has been heralded as ‘inspirational’ following its latest Ofsted visit.

The Forum at John of Rolleston Primary School, in School Lane, Rolleston, saw its rating upgraded from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ following an inspection on May 19, with staff praised for working ‘seamlessly’ with the reception team to discuss the progress and learning styles of children. In the report, lead inspector Dawn Robinson said that staff create a ‘highly welcoming environment’ which helps children to settle in well, while also making feeling safe and secure.

She continued with further staff commendations, adding: “Day-to-day management and professional supervision are of an exceptionally high quality.

“Roles are clearly defined and there is an excellent sense of teamwork shared by well-qualified, experienced and knowledgeable people who constantly evaluate and review practice to enable excellent and ongoing improvements.”

In addition, the quality of teaching on offer at the club was described as ‘inspirational’, with those working at the club possessing an extensive knowledge and understanding of how children learn.

The report said: “This has a significant impact on ensuring that all children have excellent opportunities to play and explore, learn actively and become creative thinkers.”

The Forum’s manager Nicki Gould told the Mail that she was over the moon with the report. She said: “We’re all absolutely thrilled with the outstanding rating.

“Our staff have worked so hard this year and they are extremely pleased. We’ve also had plenty of good feedback from our parents.”

Pre-school sees its rating fall

SWADLINCOTE Pre-School, based at the Methodist Church Hall in West Street, has been told it must improve the provision on offer following an inspection by Ofsted.

The pre-school, which was rated as ‘good’ following a visit in 2009. has now been downgraded to ‘requires improvement’.

In the report, lead inspector Elaine Tomlinson noted that children were able to develop close bonds and friendships with both staff and their peers. In addition, she stated that enough was being done to safeguard the welfare of the children and relationships with parents were in place. However she also noted a few areas that could be improved upon if the pre-school was to regain its ‘good’ rating.

In the report, she said that children have ‘limited opportunities to express themselves creatively. She added: “This means children are not always supported well or given sufficient time to pursue their learning to their satisfaction.”

The report also continued: “There is room to build on the opportunities for children to make choices about what they play with, to extend learning. In addition, children have limited opportunities to carry out their learning outside.”

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