Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Closed nursery gets improved rating

A KNOWLE nursery school got an improved rating from inspectors days before it closed amid a row over its assessment, it has been revealed.

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Ofsted rated Tommy Nursery School, Warwick Road satisfactory, one up from the worst rating, inadequate, last December. It was before rated good in 2011.

The inspection was on September 25 but was only published this month. The nursery closed on September 30 with owners saying they did not have enough staff.

They said Ofsted had shown an “unreasonable delay” by not returning sooner after the December inspection.

That inspection found activities are “limited”, staff have a “poor awareness” of learning, some children who are “upset, play alone and do not learn effectively”.

But the September visit found the “new staff team have worked in partnership with others to bring about many improvements since the last inspection”.

Care was “consistent” and children “make satisfactory progress in their learning because, overall, staff provide them with an interesting range of activities that they enjoy”.

More staff needed “coaching and training that is relevant to their roles” particularly to ensure children make choices about play and opportunities to play outdoors, it said.

In August, the nursery was censured by the advertising watchdog for “misleading” claims about its advertising.

A complaint was made that its website,, stated “Knowle has received ‘Best overall ‘OFSTED’ report - 5 inspection judgements awarded ‘OUTSTANDING’”

The complainant told the Advertising Standards Authority this implied its current Ofsted rating was outstanding on a scale of inadequate, satisfactory, good and outstanding.

Upholding the complaint, the ASA said the nursery did not respond.

It said: “The ASA was concerned by Knowle Nursery School Ltd's lack of response and apparent disregard for the code.”

The website’s claim “did not reflect the nursery's current Ofsted report, we concluded it had not been substantiated and was misleading”. The website is now down.

Ofsted’s website only records the nursery – registered in 2010 – got a rating of good from a June 2011 inspection then inadequate last December and satisfactory this September.
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