Polam School and Nursery

Polam School, 45 Lansdowne Road, Bedford MK40 2BU

Polam School and Nursery, Bedford, Bedfordshire
Polam School and Nursery, Bedford, Bedfordshire
Polam School and Nursery, Bedford, Bedfordshire

Polam is a small, caring and happy independent school for children aged 12 months to nine years. Occupying two large Victorian houses on a leafy avenue in the heart of Bedford, it provides a unique home from home learning environment where every child is known by every member of staff.

The school has its own nursery which is open throughout the year and offers a homely, safe and caring environment. The nursery was judged 'outstanding' in all areas by the Schools Inspection Service in December 2016.

Parents can book half day sessions, school days (8.30am to 4pm) or can add wrap around care from 7.30am to 6pm. Children in the nursery benefit from weekly music lessons led by a specialist music teacher and languages such as French and Spanish are introduced from the age of two. PE, Dance and Yoga are taught by specialist teachers and from the age of three, all children take part in weekly swimming lessons in the school's own indoor heated pool.

Group: Cognita Schools

Person in charge: Jessica Harris (Headteacher)

Local Authority / Social Services: Bedford Borough Council

Number of Staff: 10

Service Offered: Nursery School (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Total Places for Children: 60

Age Range: from 1 years 0 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays, 1 week at Easter & 2 weeks in Summer

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Reviews

9.5 Polam School and Nursery has a Review Score of 9.5 (9.452)

The Review Score of 9.5 (maximum of 10) for Polam School and Nursery is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.9 out of 5 from 7 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Polam School and Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.6 out of 5 from 7 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

  • a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. For each review the Day Nursery / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The Day Nursery receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating.

    The Average Rating of 4.869 for Polam School and Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (74 Excellents x 5) + (9 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 84 Ratings = 4.869

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. A Positive Review is defined as any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this Day Nursery to friends and family?'

    The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

    1. 4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.

    2. 1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Day Nursery with 50 registered maximum number of service users has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.

    3. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. The calculation is the same as above, except the points are divided by 2.

    The 4.583 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Polam School and Nursery is based on 7 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4

    2. Target of 12 positive Reviews (60 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 7 Reviews ÷ 12 Target = 0.583

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.


Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    7
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Polam School and Nursery?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    7
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Polam School and Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    6
  • Father of Child
    1

Polam has been an outstanding nursery for my daughter, She has thrived since starting here in September 2016. She is an active outgoing and independent little girl and her teachers encourage her in all these aspects and many more. All the staff are friendly, reliable and approachable. I have no qualms in leaving my daughter in their care, as I know she is safe, well cared for and guaranteed to have fun whilst learning. The food they provide the children is fantastic, it is all homemade on-site and they can even have 2nds or 3rds if needed, which is great for growing bodies and minds. I fully recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Polam School and Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

The care my daughter receives is outstanding at Polam Nursery. The facilities are excellent and she loves the gym and music sessions which are extremely beneficial to development. The staff are professional, friendly and highly committed to ensuring the children are well looked after. I can't praise Polam Nursery enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Polam School and Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

We are very pleased with the ethos of the school. Our daughter is happy and she enjoys going to school. The learning journal is great for parents to view at any time online where you can track the progress of your child. The activities (extracurricular) eg. Ballet and swimming is great in building confidence. Teachers are fantastic and we appreciate everything the school is doing for our daughter.

How likely would you be to recommend Polam School and Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Polam Nursery is a joyful, well organised and homely setting with thoughtful, caring staff who make learning through play fun. The small classes and experienced nursery manager are wonderful and each child is treated as an important individual. The nursery children benefit from access to the main school's facilities and teaching staff such as the music teacher. I have no hesitation in recommending Polam to anyone!

How likely would you be to recommend Polam School and Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Extremely caring nursery with experienced staff. Our son is happy and settled, he even waves us goodbye! The termly parents evenings are fantastic as is the involvement of parents through the term. The uniform makes life easy and our son is well stimulated. The food variety could be improved with more vegetables and less meat would make this perfect! Overall, we highly recommend Polam School and Nursery and are so pleased we made this choice.

How likely would you be to recommend Polam School and Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Satisfactory

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We couldn't be happier with Polam, we love watching our daughter flourish and we can't wait to see what she learns next.

How likely would you be to recommend Polam School and Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Cannot recommend Polam highly enough. We as parents believe it was the best choice we made for our son after first putting him in a different nursery. The difference in him since he started in February 2016 is incredible. He has grown as a person and so has his confidence. The children are taught to respect each other, to have manners and to enjoy learning. The extra activities included in their learning such as PE, French and swimming from a young age provide excellent opportunities and ensure the children get variety. Every member of staff knows each child by name and there is a real sense of 'home'. Communication is very good and we are confident our son is getting the best possible start.

Wrap around care/holiday clubs are always enjoyed. Lunches and snacks are always eaten and apparently are 'better than mummy's'!

How likely would you be to recommend Polam School and Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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