Great Aycliffe Town Council staff and councillors are celebrating after St. Oswald’s pre-school was graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted following an inspection in January.
The town council-run pre-school has been assessed as outstanding on all aspects of the inspection including quality of education, behaviour, personal development, and leadership and management.
Council officers say the achievement is testament to the leadership of pre-school manager, Julie Gale, ably supported by deputy manager Abbey.
As well as the dedication and commitment of the staff team Tracey, Terri, Emily, Laura, Rhianne and Vikki, and is a fitting reward for all of their hard work over the last few years.
The full inspection report is available to read on the council and pre-school websites.
Manager Julie said: “The pre-school has gone from strength to strength and has received a huge transformation over the last few years.
“I could not be happier that we as a team have received such great recognition but it is an achievement that we could not have reached without the support of our families and children who attend St. Oswald’s pre-school.
“We are extremely proud of the result we have been awarded and look forward to continuing to provide an enriched and nurturing learning environment for all of our children and to continue in working in partnership with our wonderful families.
“I would also like to thank and acknowledge the support myself and the team have received from Great Aycliffe Town Council and the pre-school sub-committee for putting their faith and trust in me to run the pre-school facility.”
Town clerk Dan Austin added: “I could not be prouder of Julie and the staff for this achievement as I know they have all worked tirelessly to make St Oswald’s such a brilliant pre-school.”