Brighton's Tarnerland nursery given another outstanding Ofsted rating

The Argus: Kids at play at Tarnerland Kids at play at Tarnerland

A flawless Brighton nursery school has impressed government inspectors once again.

Tarnerland in Sussex Street, was awarded ‘outstanding’ status by Ofsted following a two-day inspection in December.

The school, which caters for children aged three months to five years, scored top marks in all four report categories including pupil achievement, quality of teaching, behaviour, safety of pupils and leadership and management.

Inspectors said children received an “exceptional” start to their education at the school through a “creative and imaginative” curriculum that successfully promoted pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Youngsters demonstrate a “great deal of respect” for each other and adults as well as listening and sharing ideas with enthusiasm because they are “taught so well”.

The report described teachers as exemplary, lessons as meticulously planned but often adapted to peruse emerging interests and said children from all backgrounds and abilities talked and played happily together.

Inspectors also noted pupils who speak English as a second language, children with delayed language skills and those with special educational needs were all making “outstanding progress”.

Headteacher Julie Plumstead said: “I’m thrilled that the inspectors have recognised the outstanding teaching by all practitioners here and how their care, expertise, hard work and dedication helps children to build such positive attitudes to learning and behaviour.”

It is the third time in a row the school has been classed as ‘outstanding’. Ofsted bosses describe an ‘outstanding’ school as “highly effective in delivering outcomes that provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs”.

Councillor Sue Shanks, chair of Brighton and Hove City Council’s children and young people committee, said: “Tarnerland is a shining example of everything that’s good about the work being done across our city by highly skilled professionals dedicated to helping all children fulfil their potential.”

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