This Brighouse nursery school has been awarded Ofsted’s top rating


Staff at a nursery school are celebrating being awarded a rare ‘Outstanding’ rating by the education watchdog.

Smarties Nursery, which is a wholly owned subsidiary company of Rastrick High School, in Field Top Road, Brighouse, has achieved the classification across all four areas of assessment.

These include the effectiveness of the nursery’s leadership and management team, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, the personal development, behaviour and welfare of children, and child outcomes.

The achievement is incredibly difficult with just one other school in Yorkshire – Farnham Primary in Bradford – receiving the rating in the past year, according to the Ofsted website.

The report found that staff at Smarties “support children’s emotional wellbeing exceptionally well”, while children “thrive and build extremely secure emotional attachments to their key persons.”

It also noted that staff “provide activities that are highly appealing” and “precisely meet the learning needs and preferences of individual children.”

Smarties nursery at Rastrick High School
Smarties nursery at Rastrick High School

Commenting on the success, Smarties’ Finance Director, Karen Petrillo, said: “To achieve Outstanding across all areas is, quite literally, outstanding.

“We have worked extremely hard to provide an exceptional and stimulating learning environment for our children and focused on enabling staff to establish highly effective relationships with parents.”

Clare Gibson, manager at Smarties, added: “We are thrilled to bits that all our hard work and dedication has been formally recognised. The team has worked tirelessly building this business from scratch and this recognition is testament to that.”

The nursery, which uses premises to the rear of Rastrick High School, was founded in 2015 in a bid to help the school boost its finances.

Smarties was established as part of our own initiative to create additional revenue streams in support of Rastrick High School at a time when school funding was being drastically reduced year on year,” Karen Petrillo explains.

Karen Petrillo, finance director at Rastrick High School.

“As a forward-thinking school, we pitched the idea for a new nursery to the school governors along with a full business plan, projected forecasts and extensive research into the demand for the nursery and the other local offers.”

Steve Evans, Headteacher at Rastrick High School, added: “Establishing Smarties has enabled us to not only create an Ofsted outstanding nursery provision for parents and children in the area, but also helped to fund the continuous provision of excellent learning opportunities for students at Rastrick High School.”



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