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Staff and children at Wooler Children's Centre celebrate their Ofsted.
Staff and children at Wooler Children's Centre celebrate their Ofsted.
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A RECENT string of Ofsted reports has revealed the high quality of children’s services in a north Northumberland village.

The reports, which were released in the last week, rated Wooler Children’s Centre and Sure Start Day Nursery as outstanding and Wooler First School and Glendale Playgroup as good.

The report on Wooler Children’s Centre said: “One of the many partners said that Wooler Children’s Centre ‘contributes a sense of hope to this community’ and said that the manager ‘can see opportunities others don’t’.

“This sums up two of the qualities that contribute to this centre being outstanding.”

The Sure Start Day Nursery, run by Wooler Children’s Centre, was praised for its staff having ‘excellent understanding of children’s individual needs’, which ‘promotes children’s welfare and helps them to make outstanding progress in their learning and development’.

Locality manager Jan Casson said that she was ‘absolutely delighted’ with the two reports.

“It was great because a lot of parents took the time to speak to the inspectors and it’s great when you get really lovely comments from the parents,” she said.

“I’m very proud of all the staff.”

She said the staff were great with the children and their families and were aware of the issues in the wider community.

The inspectors were also very complimentary about Wooler First School.

The report stated: “Parents and carers are very happy to send their children here, knowing they are safe and that staff are strongly committed to promoting their well-being as well as their academic and personal development.”

Areas to improve were to continue ‘to accelerate the rate of progress in Key Stage 1’ and ‘the presentation of pupils’ work across the school, paying particular attention to handwriting and spelling’.