Cogan Nursery School – which has had problems in the past – has now become the first nursery school in the Vale of Glamorgan to receive the National Quality Award of the Welsh Network of Healthy Schools Scheme.
The nursery was assessed for the award in the Summer of 2017 in a 2-day assessment carried out by Welsh Government inspectors.
The Welsh Government assessors found the general ethos of the nursery to be “outstanding”, with “good behaviour and mutual-respect evident”.
This assessment examined the various ways in which the school – which caters for 86 children aged 3 and 4 years of age – promotes health .
- It’s one of the few nursery schools in the area which operates a weekly gymnastic club for the youngsters .
- A “Chatter Group” supports pupils who lack confidence or the ability to communicate and is designed to help them improve their social development and confidence.
- The nursery cafe – which provides a different type of food each day – arranges for pupils to sit with a member of staff learning about the food and how to prepare it. Fruit and vegetables are grown in the school garden – with pupils being involved at each stage in the in picking, preparation and cooking of theproduce.
- There’s also an outside space including a bird hide, a hill slide and gardening ‘shop’
The Quality Award has been presented to headteacher Pauline Rowland by Councillor Bob Penrose (Independent Sully) who is the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s cabinet member for education.
[ PDN Background Note: In 2015, under the Labour administration the Vale Council, tthe Chair and Vice Chair of the governing body of Cogan Nursery School resigned – cutting the size of the school’s governing body to only 5 members with no parent, staff, local authority or community governors left on the body. A Vale Council report said there were “a number of complex employee relation issues at the School, including disciplinary and grievance matters, which required the assistance of the governing body and the continuity of support from either the Chair or the Vice Chair of the governing body. ”. The award appears to indicate that the problems of 2 years ago now appear to have been resolved] .