A pre-school in a north Northumberland village has once again secured top marks after its official inspection.
Ofsted has judged that Ford pre-school, based within the village’s Hugh Joicey Church of England First School, continues to be outstanding.
Inspectors reported that all children make superb and rapid progress because of high-quality learning experiences and outstanding teaching.
Recognition was given to the ways that children’s interests and curiosity is engaged and how much children focus on and enjoy their learning.
Ofsted recognised strong leadership and that children benefit from a highly qualified staff team that are inspired to implement new ideas to create environments that motivate and excite children to learn.
The report makes reference to the effective and exciting outdoor environment and how this supports imaginative and adventurous play.
Ofsted noted that learning is supported through excellent understanding of how young children learn and planning for their next steps and individual interests.
Pre-school leader, Carol Douglas, said: “We are delighted to have achieved outstanding once again, the staff team is truly passionate and dedicated to their work.
“Even though we achieved Outstanding in 2010, that criteria had become the good criteria this time and the bar had been raised for an outstanding judgement.
“Therefore we’re elated the uncompromising endeavour in our drive to develop our practice and improve outcomes for all children has been recognised and rewarded.”