Award-winning nursery scoops double-whammy with Ofsted

Award-winning nursery, Shrewsbury Prepatoria is once again celebrating having secured ‘outstanding’ from Ofsted for its Infant and Toddler provision just one year after it launched.  The news comes three months after its pre-school was also rated as ‘outstanding’.


Shrewsbury Prepatoria, which was established in 2013 also recently announced plans to launch a new Independent School later this year. 


Jane Smalley, founder and Principal of The Prepatoria, comments:


“From day one, my vision was to provide children with the very best educational start in life.  The success, therefore, that we’ve enjoyed over the past four years is testament to how well this commitment has been received.


“To have the whole of The Prepatoria now recognised as ‘outstanding’ is something I’m personally very proud of, but it’s something that can only be achieved with a dedicated and focused team in place.  92% of our children are exceeding expectations in one or more areas of learning and that’s something that we’re incredibly proud of and rightly choose to celebrate!”


The Ofsted inspector who visited the Infant and Toddler Centre at the end of February, focused in particular on the model of leadership and management adopted by Jane.  It was noted that this drives the team to deliver a challenging and exciting curriculum and maintain high standards.  It also highlighted the care and attention provided by staff to ensure that all children feel settled from their first visit, and the exceptional behaviour demonstrated by the children themselves.


In the future, Shrewsbury Prepatoria will be inspected as a single setting during one visit.  Jane adds:


“Whilst it is slightly nerve wracking to welcome Ofsted on two separate occasions, we all did so with confidence that our unique and passionate approach to teaching benefits each one of the children here.


“Not only do we witness the fruits of our approach in the behaviour and achievements of those children every day, but the interactions we have with parents corroborates that approach.  Indeed, it is because of parent demand that we’re planning the launch of our Reception and Year One provision later this year.”


As part of Shrewsbury Prepatoria’s Independent School plans, Jane has developed a brand-new curriculum which is currently being scrutinised by Ofsted.  She concludes:


“In responding to parent demand for an alternative to both the local state provision and the independent schools in and around Shrewsbury, I soon realised that it would be necessary to build a new school around a bespoke curriculum. Our application has been approved by the Department for Education and is now being reviewed by Ofsted, so our latest inspection report provides us with a positive boost in that respect.


“We’re anticipating full approval from Ofsted by late April but are already taking registration enquiries from interested parents and with our nursery operating a waiting list, we anticipate that the school will be similarly popular.”