March 24, 2011
Children's Centre wins Ofsted praise as manager retires
and children at Highbridge Childrens Centre had a 'bitter
sweet' celebration on Thursday (March 24th) with the announcement
they had been awarded an 'outstanding' assessment by Ofsted inspectors
- just a week before the centre's manager retires.
nursery has been inspected in 17 areas and has received a Grade
1 (outstanding) in every single area, with just one area being
rated as Grade 2 (good).
Julian Plested, who is retiring at the end of this month, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Staff work beyond the call of duty to
make this nursery the fabulous place that it is, so this is richly
inspections are unannounced - the inspector just turns up. The
staff simply went about their usual duties with their usual high
degree of professionalism and care. This result is very gratifying."
Julian took up the managers post at Highbridge Childrens
Centre in 2008.
first came to Somerset in 1995 and for many years headed up the
local Community Education Service, based at the Princess Street
Adult Learning Centre in Burnham.
Julian added: "I have hugely enjoyed my career in Somerset.
I have been privileged to work with every age group, from retired
people to the very little ones, but I have especially enjoyed
my role at the Childrens Centre here in Highbridge."
will miss the staff team, children and parents who have all been
fantastic, but I hope to keep in touch and maybe help out as volunteer.
The Outstanding Ofsted judgement has been a great way to bow out."
Julian added that he will continue to live in Burnham with his
family and hopes to get more involved in the community.
Pictured (top) staff and children celebrate their Outstanding
Ofsted judgement and, above, Julian Plested, who is retiring,
enjoying lunch with children at the nursery