11 February 2020

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Ofsted outstanding hat-trick for Welwyn Garden City Pre-School

The Commons Pre-School, Breakfast and After School Club is celebrating its recent ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted judgement, scoring it an impressive ‘Outstanding hat-trick’ following its previous inspections in 2011 and 2015.

The setting based in the Annexe building at Howland’s Baptist Church is one of four Pre-Schools in the ‘Above & Beyond Childcare Group’ co-owned by Claire Mason and Tina Covill and is managed day-to-day by Karina Saunders.

The co-owners say: “Our quartet of local WGC Pre-Schools are having double celebrations today as this latest grading at The Commons Pre-School means that all four settings in the group are ‘Ofsted Outstanding’, which is a phenomenal achievement at a time when inspections are becoming tougher and a new framework has just been introduced in September 2019.”

The other provisions in the group include Attimore Barn and Hardings Pre-School in Panshanger and Knightsfield Pre-Schoolers in AL8.

Staff at The Commons Pre-School were praised by the Ofsted inspector for; “being highly skilled and attentive” and outstanding judgements were awarded for across the board for;

  • the quality of education
  • children’s behaviour and attitudes
  • children’s personal development and
  • leadership and management of the setting.

Karina Saunders, manager, adds: “We are thrilled with this Ofsted award as it really reflects all the hard work, dedication and commitment put in by the team.”


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