Double Praise from Ofsted

Ofsted came visiting in September with Snapdragons Weston and Shirehampton being inspected within the space of a week. Both teams did us proud during their inspections, taking great pride in showcasing their wonderful practice. We’re delighted to be able to share the results with you now that the reports have been officially published.


“Children are superbly well prepared to develop the skills for their move on to school.”


Ofsted Inspector, June Robinson, visited Snapdragons Weston and judged it to be Outstanding in all areas.

She said that the outcomes for children were outstanding and that  “Children are superbly well prepared to develop the skills for future learning and eventual move on to school.”  Children’s personal development, behaviour and welfare were deemed outstanding and the inspector praised their self-sufficiency and the excellent example set by the staff. The “highly qualified staff work exceptionally well as a team” and “have an excellent knowledge of what children know and can do, and support them highly effectively to meet their full potential.” She was also impressed at the leadership and management at Weston, including their approach to professional development and the support that the team receives to “continually improve their high-quality teaching.”


“Children develop close bonds with staff who know them well.”


For Shirehampton, this was their first Ofsted since opening in 2016 and Inspector Dominique Allotey, was impressed by what she saw, rating the nursery Good in all areas.

She highlighted the strong partnerships with parents, good support and training for staff and safe, healthy and stimulating environments for the children. “Activities away from the setting, such as forest school sessions, help children to be physically active and interact with nature. The homely and very stimulating environments are calm and welcoming. Children develop close bonds with nurturing staff who know them well. This helps them to feel happy and develop high levels of self-esteem.” She identified that manager, Anna, “is very ambitious and committed to providing the best possible learning environments and experiences for children. She continues to raise the already good- quality provision. She seeks feedback from staff, parents and children to identify areas for further development to help raise the quality to the highest level.”

Congratulations and well done to everyone involved in these two brilliant Ofsted results.

Mary Llewellin