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Nursery Starters 2023-24

by Aspire / Padstow School


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Welcome to Padstow Nursery
Welcome to the Aspire Academy Trust.
Aspire is a vibrant, highly successful and widely recognised Trust determined to raise standards of educational achievement to the very highest levels. We don’t just aim for our children to achieve what is average or expected, but for them to excel both academically and in character.
We live in a global economy that requires our children to be prepared to think both critically and creatively, solve complex problems, and to communicate well. Mastery of the basics: reading, writing, maths and technology is our core purpose, and this sits firmly alongside ensuring our children have well-developed social and emotional skills. Aspire academies have a strong emphasis on the sport, arts and social, moral spiritual and cultural education.
Our 36 schools/academies and 20 nurseries are all an integral part of their local communities and have a real sense of identity. We value the contribution each of our communities makes and the distinctive opportunities and diversity it offers to the Trust. By working in true partnership, we offer exceptional learning experiences to all our children, so they benefit from the strength that being part of the extended Aspire family brings. If you want to learn more about us, then please visit our website at

I look forward to hopefully welcoming you to the Aspire family!
Vanessa Bragg
Aspire CEO
Getting learning off to a flying start.
Aspire Nurseries, led by qualified and knowledgeable staff, lay firm foundations for children in their early years. A qualified teacher from each school oversees the curriculum, learning environments and learning outcomes in conjunction with the Nursery Lead. Staff strive to ensure all children have an equal chance of success, informed by knowledge of what can be achieved.
Our nurseries, the children, families, our dedicated teams and the local community, are an integral part of the Aspire Academy Trust. We recognise the need for high quality early education where children flourish through the love and care given by all of our practitioners. 

We know the importance for our nurseries to have strong and respectful partnerships with parents so every child can develop during their early years and that everyone plays an active role in ensuring this is successful.  
Our number one goal is to ensure all children, within our family of Nurseries, grow stronger and achieve through high-quality early education and the care that we are able to offer.
Helen Bingham BSc(Hons) MEd(Dist)
Aspire Early Years Lead
Welcome to Padstow Nursery
Welcome to Padstow School Nursery on behalf of all of us, children and adults!

At our school and nursery, children are valued as individuals whilst being encouraged to learn and grow together, building every child's confidence in a safe and happy environment.

We value the fact that every child is unique, aiming to celebrate and promote their particular skills, strengths and individuality. We also aim to support the children in all of their learning and to give them a secure foundation to build upon as they progress through their education.

Nursery children are both curious and eager to learn through play, so we want to capture those qualities of curiosity and enthusiasm in a kind, caring and safe environment, encouraging them to question and discover as they go.

Kate Whitford
Head of School
Welcome from EYFS Lead
Hi, my name is Miss Barnard and I am the EYFS lead here at Padstow School and Nursery. I am really looking forward to meeting you and welcoming you into the Padstow School and Nursery family.
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Welcome from Nursery Lead
I'm Mrs Parsons the Nursery Manager and I look forward to welcoming you to Padstow Nursery.

Our wonderful Nursery team, carefully planned resources and environment, and exciting curriculum are waiting to give our nursery children the best possible start to their early years education.

From the very first 'Stay and Play Transition Session' and 'Getting to Know You' in the half term before you join us, to the vary last day in Nursery we want the children to embrace their own likes and interests to choose their own path to learning success and feel part of our school and nursery community.