Pre-school pupils de­lighted with out­stand­ing rat­ing

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE ROPER

STAFF and chil­dren at St Al­ban’s Pre-School are cel­e­brat­ing top marks fol­low­ing their re­cent Of­sted in­spec­tion.

And what makes it even more spe­cial is that it’s a dou­ble – as the main St Al­ban’s Catholic Pri­mary School gained its own out­stand­ing rat­ing last au­tumn.

The pre-school, set on a leafy site off Pri­ory Lane in Mac­cles­field, was judged to be out­stand­ing in all three ar­eas – how well the early years pro­vi­sion meets the needs of the chil­dren, its con­tri­bu­tion to the chil­dren’s well­be­ing and the ef­fec­tive­ness of its lead­er­ship and man­age- ment.

In­spec­tors said the preschool has a friendly, com­mu­nity-based at­mos­phere where pre-school­ers set­tle in quickly and make friends with the staff and, im­por­tantly, each other and that pre-school pre­pared chil­dren well for the ‘big step up to re­cep­tion’.

Teach­ing was judged to be out­stand­ing, with ‘ex­cel­lent staff who un­der­stand the chil­dren’s abil­i­ties well’ and are able to pro­vide a vi­brant range of ac­tiv­i­ties for the chil­dren to en­joy dur­ing the day.

Elaine Mercer, head of the pre-school said: “We are all ab­so­lutely thrilled with our re­port, and so proud of all our staff and chil­dren.”

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