Sadly Richard Elstub, the headteacher, was unwell but I was welcomed to the school by Julie Hardaker, the deputy headteacher. It was brilliant to visit this outstanding school again, to talk to Julie and to be able to walk around the school and meet some of Julie's colleagues and some of her children. This is a consistently high performing school with great teaching and learning awonderful climate for learning and some fantastic children. The curriculum model they have developed is brilliant and the leadership Richard and Julie provide drives a culture of real excellence with a strong commitment to mentoring, coaching and professional development. Early years provision is outstanding and their outdoor play provision is magical.
I was also asked to judge a house art competition and the children had produced some really exceptional work but the Nightingale design stood out and was my winner.