Brockenhurst College’s Highwood Nursery rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted

16 August 2016

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Highwood OfstedHighwood Nursery at Brockenhurst College has been rated ‘Outstanding’ following a recent inspection by educational standards watchdog Ofsted.

Inspectors confirmed that the Nursery’s performance was ‘Outstanding’ in each of the four key areas under scrutiny.

These comprised: effectiveness of the leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; and outcomes for children.

In the report summary, Ofsted inspector Jacqueline Good wrote: ‘Staff know individual children exceptionally well and use information from observations and assessments to meticulously plan how best to support learning.’

She added: ‘Children develop excellent independence and practical life skills. They manage tasks and self-care skills extremely well for themselves in preparation for school.’

This was Highwood’s first Ofsted inspection since the Nursery moved to the College grounds last year into a new purpose built facility which was funded by Hampshire County Council.

Vicky Bidwell, who manages the Nursery which looks after 70 children aged three months to five years, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled at the outcome of the inspection.

“To be awarded ‘Outstanding’ in the first inspection at our new premises is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our remarkable team of childcare professionals.

“It’s wonderful to know that their commitment to making Highwood a caring, stimulating and friendly environment has been recognised and rewarded.”

Parent Alexa Phillips said: “The most wonderful thing about Highwood is that my little girl is truly happy there. You couldn’t ask for more.”

College Principal, Di Roberts CBE said: “This is a very well deserved accolade for our nursery and reflects the excellence of our truly outstanding nursery team and manager, Vicky Bidwell.”