Luton nursery’s delight at ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating

Grasmere Nursery School are overjoyed with their 'Outstanding' result
Grasmere Nursery School are overjoyed with their 'Outstanding' result

“Outstanding leadership” has seen a once-struggling Luton nursery turn its fortunes around to gain an equally “outstanding” Ofsted rating.

Grasmere Nursery School, based in Icknield Way, has worked hard to build on its strengths since its last inspection.

In 2014 the school was inspected by Ofsted, with a result of ‘Requires Improvement’ dampening everyone’s spirits.

Headteacher Joy Luxford said: “It’s quite rare to go from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Outstanding’ from one inspection to the next.

“The team here is fantastic and it’s the same team that’s always been here.

“And while it feels fantastic to have scored this rating, in no way will it stop us improving.”

Joy was appointed as the school’s new head in the aftermath of the last inspection, having already worked as a primary school headteacher in Bedford.

She said: “It’s always about getting the whole team on side, making everyone important insofar as they are leaders in their own right.

“And, it’s about having high expectations about we can do at the school.

“The staff, I feel, have already shown themselves to be excellent, but systems have improved. If we still feel there are ways a child can progress better, we look at what things we can do.”

Grasmere Nursery School caters for up to 220 children in total, aged between three months and five years of age.

In the latest Ofsted report, inspectors stated: “This nursery school has improved rapidly since the previous inspection as a result of outstanding leadership and a highly committed staff.

“Everyone is passionate about high quality teaching and actively pursues a relentless drive for the highest academic success.

“Children make exceptional progress and thrive in all aspects of their learning.”

The school scored “outstanding” in all five areas of the inspection.