A nursery where children are ‘happy’ and make a ‘positive start to their education’ has again been marked as good by Ofsted.

The Orchards Nursery School on Lower Orchards, Highfield Road, Farnworth, was  inspected by the education watchdog, Ofsted, on March 21.

The Ofsted report said: “The school is ambitious for children, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

“Building independence is an important aspect of the school’s ambition for its children.

“Children are happy and enjoy coming to school.

“Children work hard to meet the school’s high expectations for their behaviour.”

The report added: “The school has created a broad and interesting curriculum. Across many areas of the curriculum, staff are well trained in educating young children, including two-year-olds.

“The school has effective systems in place to identify and assess the additional needs of children with SEND. Carefully considered support and resources ensure that children with SEND access the same curriculum as their classmates.”

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Andy Feeley, Executive Head of the Orchards Federation said: “I am delighted with our latest Ofsted Report. This is the result of the dedication and commitment of our great Nursery Team.

“I would also like to pay tribute to our children and staff, who are fantastic, and our parents who are very supportive and enthusiastic.”

The Orchards Federation Chair of Governors, Holly Bonfield, said: “As a governing board, we are delighted with the recent Ofsted result - that The Orchards Nursery continues to be a good school. 

“We are very proud of all the staff and children in nursery and know how committed our staff are to making every day count for our children.

“The report is a great reflection of the energy and passion our staff put into ensuring that children are happy, enjoy coming to school and learning. 

“Our focus on giving our children a great start in education through a broad and interesting curriculum and a range of opportunities is clearly recognised here by Ofsted.”

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