March pre-school celebrates ‘outstanding’ Ofsted hat-trick

Maple Grove Community Group in March celebrates its third outstanding Ofsted report.
Maple Grove Community Group in March celebrates its third outstanding Ofsted report.

Staff, parents and pupils at a March pre-school are celebrating after it was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for the third time in a row.

The education watchdog has hailed Maple Grove Community Group after it scored top marks in every area following its latest inspection.

Pre-school manager Tina Bidwell said she was thrilled to receive such a glowing endorsement.

And she praised her “incredible” staff for continually raising the bar as Ofsted’s expectations have risen, to ensure children are provided with the very best early years experience.

The group, which has 134 pupils, was previously rated as outstanding in July 2011 and February 2008 – adding up to eight years of success.

Mrs Bidwell said: “I am ridiculously proud of my amazing team of staff and our wonderful parents who have all been part of helping us achieve an outstanding report. This is the third time we have been graded outstanding and, as the inspection framework has changed and expectations raised, I honestly cannot thank my team enough for all their incredible hard work and dedication.”

She also thanked the “wonderful” parents who fully support the setting, the pro-active committee of parents and volunteers for their work and the “wonderful, happy children” who love going to the school.

In her report, which was published on Thursday and also took into account parents’ views, lead inspector Jacqueline Baker praised the “excellent progress”children make in preparation for reception classes.

She said: “Leadership is inspirational. Managers and the committee show a high level of determination to maintain and exceed the high level of achievement expected.

“This extremely positive attitude influences staff who equally demonstrate an enthusiasm and commitment for providing children with the very best early years experiences. Naturally, children thrive and progress exceptionally well in their care.”

The group’s learning environment, providing children with “a wealth of activities, toys and resources to investigate”, was also commended.

Ms Baker added: “Staff have an excellent understanding of how children learn. They use their knowledge effectively to provide stimulating learning experiences and activities that spark children’s curiosity and creativity.”

To celebrate Ofsted’s report, and also the Queen’s 90th birthday, the group is holding a street party for pre-school children and their parents on Friday, June 10, from 1.30pm to 3pm. Children are set to make flags and decorations for the event, which will include games and a birthday cake.

Pre-school children who normally attend the morning session that day are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by a parent.