Shropshire Star

Shrewsbury preschool rated outstanding again

Staff at a Shrewsbury preschool have been praised by inspectors for preparing children for their move to school and encouraging excellent behaviour.


Holy Trinity Playgroup, in Belle Vue, has been judged outstanding for the second time in a recent Ofsted inspection.

Inspectors visited the preschool in November and said that the behaviour of the children was excellent and "they show empathy and a high regard for their friends. They are exceptionally well prepared for the next stage in their learning, such as school".

They added: "Children demonstrate extremely positive attitudes to learning through consistently high levels of concentration and enjoyment. They begin to experiment with tools and resources that capture their natural curiosity, such as tape measures, rulers and timers, during their play.

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"Staff have extensive knowledge of the importance of supporting children's emotional security and they do this exceedingly well. Children form secure emotional attachments with staff through a highly effective key-person system and settling-in procedure. Staff use extremely successful strategies, including high-quality positive role modelling, to promote children's good behaviour."

The preschool was rated by inspectors as outstanding in all areas.

A spokeswoman for the preschool said: "We are delighted that the special ethos of working with the church of Holy Trinity has been acknowledged and valued for the children and families who attend. A new Ofsted framework has made it harder to achieve an outstanding judgement than in previous years."