Outstanding effort from Appletree

Charlotte and Arthur Ainsworth play at Appletree Children's Centre.
Charlotte and Arthur Ainsworth play at Appletree Children's Centre.

Appletree Children’s Centre in Lancaster has received its first outstanding judgement by Ofsted under its new assessment framework.

The centre in Milking Stile Lane was visited by inspectors in June and was given the top grade in all the assessment areas.

The inspectors praised the centre staff who it said had worked to drive ‘impressive improvements over time.’

Also highlighted was the centre’s ‘highly effective partnerships with schools (which) have made a tremendous difference to the achievement of children...attainment levels are well above the Lancashire and national average.’

Lesley Matthews, centre manager, said: “We were delighted to hear that Ofsted have graded us outstanding.

“ Children come to the centre to have fun, but we’re working hard in the background to make a real difference to the start that local children can make when they go to nursery or school.

“It’s wonderful to have Ofsted recognition of the work we’re doing in partnership with our local community.”

Julie Morrow, headteacher, said: “I’m proud to work with such a talented and motivated team.

“We have a strong partnership with local parents and are pleased that so many of them choose to use our centre, and work with us to improve and tailor the services we can provide.”