Leweston Early Years Provision ‘Outstanding’ in all areas

Last term Leweston School underwent a Regulatory Compliance and Early Years inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). The report, published this week, not only confirmed that Leweston Prep is compliant with all regulations but that our Early Years Foundation Stage, which covers both Nursery and Reception, has been judged to be outstanding in all areas.

The inspection reviewed the quality of teaching, learning and assessment; effectiveness of leadership and management; personal development behaviour and welfare; outcomes for children and the overall quality of early year’s provision. The inspectors concluded that ‘the children are very happy, safe and secure’ and ‘ develop confidence, independence and an enjoyment of learning’.

The report drew attention to the high quality learning environment that the children enjoy, particularly the outdoor facilities, which give the children opportunities to explore different, larger, environments. They also recognised the focus on emotional development and confidence as a strength, writing about the children’s’ enthusiasm, positivity and laughter. All pupils reach or exceed the level expected for their age by the end of the EYFS stage at Leweston but the inspectors added that ‘children make excellent progress from their starting points and move confidently on to the next stage of their education’.

Alanda Phillips, Head of Prep, said “I am particularly delighted with the focus the inspectors gave to the contribution of the staff. They highlighted the quality of relationships they have with the children, their commitment to best practice and development, the knowledge that they have of the children in their care and how they apply that knowledge to deliver a wide range of activities and experiences that provide appropriate learning for every child.

Whilst the inspection focused on the Early Years I am sure that you would agree all of the findings could be equally applied to the pupils’ experience throughout the Prep School and I am extremely proud of all the pupils and staff here at Leweston Prep and Nursery”.

Please click here to view the full ISI Report.