Our specialist Early Years Department offers a safe, structured environment for pre-main school children aged 3-4 years.
Located within a separate purpose built area of Merton Court School, children here enjoy social interaction, intellectual stimulation and personal development under the caring guidance of our highly trained specialist staff.
We are delighted that, following on from our Ofsted ‘outstanding’ in 2010, the ISI Co-ordinating Inspector for the Early Years adjudged the EYFS department at Merton Court to be ‘excellent’ (Ofsted ‘outstanding’) in all areas, once again, following her visit in November 2014. This does not however show as a separate judgement in our new ISI report (Early Years & J1) since in this current inspection cycle, it has been integrated into the whole school inspection.
Having spent two days within the Early Years Foundation Stage the EYFS Inspector reported that children’s progress within the EYFS is excellent. She commented that our children “make excellent progress in relation to their starting points and capabilities – they make especially good progress with their phonic sounds and reading and development of cursive writing. Progress in mathematics is equally good”. The children were seen to be confident in their conversations with adults and also demonstrated excellent listening skills.
From a pastoral perspective it was noted that the children play co-operatively together, understanding the importance of sharing and turn taking and that they develop independent hygiene routines, understanding the importance of hand washing at appropriate times.
Thank you for your continued support in helping us to achieve this judgement and look forward to building upon our ‘excellent’ success with the continued, programme of refurbishment for our indoor and outdoor environments, over the forthcoming year that we have planned.