Horley pre-school gets highest possible Ofsted rating in its first ever inspection

February 13, 2018
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A pre-school in Horley has been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted following its first ever inspection.

The newest branch of Bobtails Pre-School, which is based at Horley Infant School in Lumley Road, achieved the highest possible standard.

The report, published on January 31, states: “Children are extremely happy and thrive in the highly stimulating environment.

“They form close bonds with the very attentive staff and have positive friendships with each other.

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“Children eagerly take part in the extensive purposeful activities, such as team games to support social skills.”

The pre-school, which had 49 children when it was inspected on January 12, achieved ‘outstanding’ in all four of the assessment’s categories.

Founded in 2015, it is the second branch of Bobtails, with the original pre-school, located in St Francis Hall on Balcombe Road, having been set up 30 years ago.

The first branch also received the highest possible rating after its latest inspection, with inspectors highlighting how staff used play as an educational tool.

Justine Palmer, manager of the pre-school, said its ethos is part of the reason for the top rating.

She said: “We respect that every child is individual. We want to make memories for them and prepare them for their future.”

Pupils at the end of year summer party in 2015, when Bobtails first opened at Horley Infant School
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Bobtails is a not-for-profit organisation, and all profits are used to enhance the experience and education for the children.

The only improvement suggested by Ofsted was for the pre-school to “continue to evaluate and extend the already excellent opportunities for children outdoors to provide them with a wealth of sensory experiences in their play”.

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Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/horley-pre-school-gets-highest-14261553


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