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St George’s School for Girls, Edinburgh, has been awarded the highest grades of excellent or very good across all areas of assessment in a report produced by the Care Commission following a recent inspection of its nursery school.
The unannounced inspection focused on four key factors: quality of care and support; quality of environment; quality of staffing and quality of management and leadership. Across the categories the nursery received the grade of excellent or very good – a clear reflection of the high standards adhered to across the school.
The report commended the school’s committed staff for their “welcoming, friendly” dispositions and the way in which they “developed positive and caring relationships with children”. The quality of early years’ education was also positively acknowledged, with note made of the way in which staff understood how to nurture and develop young minds.
The school’s facilities and resources were also extolled, with particular mention of the range of outdoor spaces that have been developed to provide “opportunities for adventure and engagement, enriching children’s experiences while attending nursery”.
Anne Everest, Head of St George’s School, commented, “providing a collaborative approach to education from the nursery, right through to our girls leaving, is something that has always been key to the ethos of St George’s. We are delighted the Care Commission’s report has acknowledged the excellent work done by our staff in the Nursery to help our girls develop from an early age, knowing how important it is to give children the best possible start in their schooling.”
Run in partnership with The City of Edinburgh Council, the nursery offers part-funded places for 3-5 year old children, while also providing care of babies from 18 months upwards. The school also accepts ‘brothers’ up to the age of four. Wrap-around care is available from 7.45am and until 6.00pm, offering flexibility to busy parents.