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Inspectors give Barbour Nursery School glowing report

Children playing on the climbing frame at Barbour Nursery School. USO409-103A0THE principal of Barbour Nursery School has said that staff, Governors and parents at the school are "delighted" following the recent publication of the Department of Education's Inspection Report.

Children at Barbour Nursery School learning about rhythm. USO409-104A0 Picture By: Aidan O'ReillyThis is the first time that the school has been inspected since the appointment three years ago of the new Principal, Mrs Tracey Cassells. The report praised her hard work and dedication observing that "the Principal demonstrates good leadership and is a good role model for her staff." Inspectors praised the play facilities available to the children at the school, which is located in the Hillhall area on a spacious site that borders Lagan Valley Regional Park, saying that the children's learning and development in the well-equipped and challenging outdoor play area is a particular strength."

Among the many strengths outlined in the report, the Inspectors highlighted the "very positive ethos, welcoming atmosphere and caring working relationships between the staff and children." They also particularly praised the quality of the staff's involvement with the children, describing it as being "consistently of a very high standard."

Children at Barbour Nursery enjoy playing on the climbing frame. USO409- IMOThe school works hard to create and maintain positive relationships with parents, providing many opportunities for them to become involved in school life. Workshops and educational classes "are designed to encourage the parents to play a full role in the education of their children."

Toby Curran and Abi Turkington playing at Barba Nursery School. USO409-103A0The promotion of language development in the school was commended by the reporting Inspectors, who stated that the written planning "outlines a broad and balanced programme which was designed to foster children's all round development." Mrs Cassells praised the efforts of all staff involved in the life of the school including teachers, nursery assistants, caretaker, secretary and dinner lady. "The school is very fortunate to have a superb team here who are very skilled in their work with the children. Every member of staff is totally dedicated to the pupils' well-being and education, and it is wonderful to have this recognised officially by the Department of Education.

"I would like to place on record my thanks to all staff, Governors and parents for their continuing support and involvement."

Ulster Star