STAFF at a Brighouse school are celebrating after Government inspectors declared it outstanding on all counts.
Mill Cottage Montessori School is situated in a Grade II listed building beside the River Calder on Wakefield Road and has 23 pupils on roll, all of whom are below the compulsory school age.
In a letter to its children, inspector John Coleman explains the reasoning behind the top marks given to the school.
He said: “Your head teacher and all the staff look after you very carefully and make sure you enjoy school and feel safe.
“The quality of teaching and the curriculum is outstanding so that you make outstanding progress in your learning.”
As an example of the children’s good manners the report says: “Three-year-old children were observed by inspectors sitting politely on the snack chairs, peeling tangerines with wonderful dexterity, carefully piling the peel on their plate and taking care to tidy away ready for the next person.
“A striking feature of the nursery classroom is the mature way in which every child is able to take part in practical tasks involving cutting, sticking and gluing while being undisturbed by others.
“Children learn to co-operate, share and to return all equipment to their orderly place on the shelves.”
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 child’.
Mr Coleman added: “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.”
Although not covered by regulations, the report says the school may wish to consider developing “first-hand opportunities for children to learn about contrasting British cultures by establishing links with a school in a diverse community.”