Little St John’s ‘Outstanding’

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Pictured L-R: Miss Alison Flower, Reception Teacher with Mrs Claire Davies, Head of Pre Prep and children from the Nursery and Reception Class

Little St John’s, the Early Years Department of St John’s College in Southsea is celebrating after receiving an ‘outstanding’ inspection report from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) – just one month after the new setting opened.  A co-educational day and boarding school, for ages 2-18 (boarding from Year 5), Little St John’s is located in the heart of Southsea and celebrated its centenary in 2008.

The team of inspectors visited for three days during October and graded the provision for boys and girls aged 2 – 5 as ‘outstanding’ in every category.  The Early Years Department was judged on its leadership and management; how the provision meets the needs of the children; the contribution of the provision to the children’s well-being, and the overall quality and standards of the early years provision.

The report acknowledges the high-quality teaching in both the Nursery and Reception classes alongside ‘expert assessment’ that ensures all children make ‘excellent progress’.  The behaviour of the children is also described as ‘excellent’ as it their ‘outstanding personal and emotional development’ which enables ‘highly effective learning’.  Early years staff were commended for their outstanding contribution to children’s well-being.

You can read the report using this link.

Mr Tony Shrubsall, Head of the Junior School, comments. ” I am delighted with the report – which recognises how we strive to ensure positive relations with our colleagues, parents and children.  I am extremely proud of the children and their teachers. Everybody works so hard here at St John’s College and it is clear that the very high standards we seek are acheieved on a daily basis.”  He continues, “Moving the Nursery into the School has evidently helped improve our provision.  As well as a brand new nursery setting, we had the opportunity to improve access to College facilities; increase security, and we have introduced open plan rooms to help prepare our children for the classroom environment ready for when they progress to our Reception Class”.

Affectionately renamed ‘Little St John’s’ the Nursery and Reception Classes moved location over the summer and re-opened in September.  Complete with new fixtures and fittings, the facility offers enhanced outdoor areas and extended learning opportunities for children aged 2 to 5. To find our more about the school, visit their website.


About Shelley Cook

Self employed blogger, editor and copywriter. I work from home around my two children and am delighted to be able to visit local attractions and cafes and call it work.
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