A BRIGHOUSE school has been rated outstanding in all areas by Ofsted inspectors.
Mill Cottage Montessori School in Wakefield Road is the first Independent Montessori Schools to achieve outstanding status in the North of England.
Principal Ailsa Neville said: “I am extremely proud of this recognition and highly delighted at our success, the hard work and dedication of the staff and the support of the families that attend Mill Cottage are very much a key to this outcome.”
Mrs Neville was described in the report as “an inspirational teacher who exemplifies a very high quality of individual care, guidance and support which is enjoyed by every children”.
Inspector John Coleman said: “The school provides an outstanding quality of education for its children and fully meets its aims. Due to an outstanding curriculum and outstanding teaching, children make outstanding progress.”
It also notes that a striking feature of the nursery classroom is the mature way in which every child is able to take part in practical tasks.
Mr Coleman said most children are achieving the early learning goals expected of children one year older. “Indeed, some children are reading, writing and using mathematics at levels not expected until much later. Children are articulate and express themselves confidently with a maturity well beyond their years. This represents significant and exceptional progress.”
Mr Coleman emphasises that teaching is extremely effective similarly, children’s writing develops outstandingly well due to teacher’s skilful guidance, excellent modelling of letters and words and because children take great interest and pride in improving their work.
The school provides education on a full and part-time basis for children who are aged three to six years old. There are currently 23 pupils on its books.