Nursery School in Warwickshire receives prestigious award

Bedworth Heath Maintained Nursery School has become the first early years setting in England to receive the Quality Lead Award from leading education charity Achievement for All.

The prestigious award recognises the school’s work in developing children’s personal social and emotional development and also their progress in physical development, communication skills and early literacy and numeracy.

Achievement for All, that works with schools and settings to improve outcomes for all children and young people vulnerable to underachievement regardless of background, challenge or need, has been working in partnership with Bedworth Heath Maintained Nursery School since 2012.

In addition to Bedworth Heath’s success, Atherstone Nursery School, Bedworth Heath’s federated partner school, is on the way to Quality Lead status having been awarded the Achievement for All Quality Mark.

Amanda King, Executive Head teacher of the schools said: “We are so proud that Bedworth Heath School has achieved the Quality Lead award which recognises the dedication and expertise our team bring to their work in school every day.”

“Working with Achievement for All over the last five years has had a clear impact on outcomes for children, enabling them to make consistently outstanding progress and us to close the attainment gap for our vulnerable groups.”

“We are just as proud that Atherstone Nursery School, which began working with Achievement for All two years later than Bedworth Heath, has achieved Quality Mark status, as exactly the same standards and objectives apply there.”

Since working with Achievement for All, Bedworth Heath Nursery School has placed greater emphasis on working closely with parents and carers to encourage their engagement with early learning activities.

“Parental engagement is a key element of our work,” said Amanda King. “We have structured conversations with parents about their aspirations for their children’s future success. Families always want their children happy and these conversations explore what that will take in terms of a good start to education and how they can support their child at home.”

“We discuss what barriers there might be to achievement and being fulfilled at a social and emotional level as an adult and how to remove those barriers. By talking to the parents, we can make a bespoke plan for each child.”

The Quality Lead Award also recognises high standards of staff performance and intervention and smoothness of the children’s transition from home to nursery and nursery to school.

Schools can gain two awards – the Quality Mark and Quality Lead. A school is assessed for Quality Mark within the second year of the Schools Programme and, once a school has been awarded a Quality Mark, it may then move on to achieve Quality Lead status.

Laura Bromberg, Regional Lead at Achievement for All, said:

“We are delighted to present Bedworth Heath Maintained Nursery School with this prestigious award. It is a real stamp of quality for their high standards in leadership, teamwork, quality of teaching and pupil progress.”

“Achievement for All believes that every child can progress and through our programmes we hope to enable every child to be the best that they can be regardless of background, challenge, or need.”

“We extend huge congratulations to teachers, parents and children at Bedworth Heath Maintained Nursery School for all their hard work.”

Cllr Colin Hayfield, Portfolio Holder for Education and Learning, said “Ensuring that every child achieves well whatever their starting point or circumstances is a key priority for Warwickshire. I am thrilled that the hard work carried out by all the staff and children at Bedworth Heath Nursery and Atherstone Nursery School will enable these children to achieve the best outcomes.”

Photo from left to right: Karen Iles (National Director of Achievement for All), three-year-old Eva-May and Bedworth Heath Nursery School executive head Amanda King.