A NEWBURY nursery school has been judged as 'outstanding' for the fourth consecutive year.

The Village Montessori Nursery School at Bradfield Southend had a recent Ofsted inspection, where it was noted that "children are extremely happy and secure".

The report reads: "They [the children] form exceptionally close bonds with staff and feel a secure sense of belonging.

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"The highly qualified and experienced staff team of childcare professionals successfully fulfill the highest expectations for all children.

"It creates a vibrant, inspiring environment indoors and outdoors, and expertly plans for a curriculum that ignites children's curiosity and thirst for learning."

Ofsted stated that the nursery school has been judged to be outstanding in each of the four areas contributing to the overall assessment of the school: quality of education; behaviour and attitudes; personal development and leadership and management.

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Headteacher Jackie Maclean said: "I am delighted and very proud that the report recognises the commitment and professionalism of all the staff team which promotes an outstanding culture of continuous improvement and enthusiasm for the well-being and development of all the children.

"The home and school relationships are very positive and we appreciate and value the wonderful support from parents, grandparents and carers."