Ofsted says Hackney nursery is “outstanding”


Pic: Phil Shurley

Staff at a Hackney nursery celebrated yesterday after Ofsted inspectors delivered a report praising its “vibrant, highly imaginative curriculum” for 15 years running.

Carolyn Maples, head teacher at Wentworth Nursery School and Children’s Centre, said: “I am delighted that Ofsted has recognised what a very special place Wentworth is. We have a gifted and committed staff team, great families and wonderful children.” 

The nursery, on Cassland Road, has been declared “outstanding” by the regulatory body every year consecutively since 1998.

The report said: “The nursery is led with foresight, imagination and the determination to make a difference to children’s lives.”

Inspectors were also pleased by “meticulous” safeguarding arrangements and the pupils’ “exemplary” behaviour.

Rita Krishna, cabinet member for children’s services at Hackney council, said: “This is a great result and confirms what we already know – that children in Hackney, no matter what their age, are getting a great start in life thanks to the hard work of our schools, nurseries and children’s centres.”

A pleased parent said of Wentworth in a 2012 survey: “We love the fact that our children are being taught by people who so clearly love their jobs and are so great at them.”

By Katherine Cantwell

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