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Horsham Nursery School


Nursery School

As a Maintained Nursery School we are inspected under section 5 of the Education Act 2005. This is the Ofsted framework which is used to inspect all schools. This is a much more robust inspection regime compared to other pre school  providers, therefore the judgments do not enable a direct comparison with other nurseries and pre schools that are not maintained by the local authority.

The Nursery School underwent a short section 8 inspection by Ofsted in November 2019 and we were very happy to maintain our strong good grading.

The school is a hive of activity, both indoors and out. Children are busy from the moment they arrive to the time they go home. They have great fun while learning and are well prepared for the next stage of their education.

Adults are very good at helping children to develop social skills. They are sensitive to children's needs and provide gentle support for children who are finding it tricky to get along with others. This means that children learn how to play and learn together and rapidly grow in confidence. For instance, during the inspection

Adults make sure that learning builds strongly on children s starting points. For example , the teaching of phonics begins with the letters and sounds that children recognise in their own names This means that children achieve success quickly and are soon ready to move on to new things .


Section 8 Short Inspection Report - November 2019

Section 8 Short Inspection Report – December 2015

Full Inspection Report – April 2012

Under 3’s

The Under 3’s was inspected under section 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act 2006

The Under 3’s provision was inspected by Ofsted in December 2023, and was graded as ‘Good’.

Children and their families receive a very warm welcome from leaders and staff upon arrival. Staff are nurturing and show great kindness to children and their families.

Leaders support staff to have secure ambitions for all children, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities. They have aspirational goals for children to achieve before they move on to the next age group room.

Full Inspection Report – December 23