Oxfordshire school to take over pre-school after Ofsted report
An Oxfordshire school as set to take over running a pre-school – following a damning Ofsted report. Happy Days pre-school is a voluntary setting operating in Nettlebed School, in Nettlebed just outside Henley. In October 2021 the pre-school received an inadequate rating from the education watchdog, although a reinspection in March this year rated it as good.
Now the school is set to take over provision of the pre-school itself. A report to Oxfordshire County Council said: “Happy Days Pre-school is a committee-run voluntary setting operating within Nettlebed School. The setting received an ‘Inadequate’ Ofsted judgement in October 2021 with concerns relating to leadership and management. The county council early years advisory and ‘settings of concern’ teams subsequently provided intensive support and advice to the setting to address these issues.
A reinspection by Ofsted in March 2022 resulted in an overall judgement of Good. Read More: Oxfordshire school closures as temperatures rise “The review following October’s Ofsted report publication included discussions regarding governance and leadership.
Committee membership is voluntary and there is a frequent turnover, as many are parents participating for the short period when they have children of pre-school age. The committee carries a high level of responsibility for elements including employment of staff, safeguarding and finances. It has become increasingly difficult to attract, train and retain committee members and this may have contributed to the quality issues.
“The proposal now agreed by the school’s Governing Body and the pre-school Committee is for the school to take over management of the provision. Preschool members voted on 31 March 2022 for closure of the charity, to take effect at the end of the Summer term 2022. Nettlebed School will recruit a qualified teacher to lead the new nursery provision; and existing pre-school staff will transfer to the school’s employment.
Nettlebed School was rated’ Good’ by Ofsted in October 2019 and the Council’s early years advisory service has confidence that the leadership of the school Headteacher and Governing body will assure the continued quality of the nursery provision.”
Oxfordshire County Council will make a decision on the takeover at its meeting on Tuesday, July 19.