ANNA SOUBRY VISITS WILLIAM LILLEY
As our local MP for Broxtowe, Anna was interested in finding out all about the schools’ successes and took a great interest in the ethos of William Lilley; she was eager to see how this local infant school was providing the best provision and opportunities through their work with families in order to help each child to succeed.
Anna took a particular interest in the large, leafy outdoor environment which is used throughout the school through daily activities and events, praising the opportunities children have for gardening, den building, bug hunts, climbing and balancing to support their learning. She was keen to talk to the children about their learning and found out a lot about ladybirds from one of our Nursery children! The newly refurbished Reception environment, with bespoke furniture which allows children to make choices which challenge their thinking and development was also positively acknowledged.
However, it was the provision for children with additional Special Educational Needs and Disabilities that was a highlight of the tour, particularly the Happy Hedgehogs unit. William Lilley is a highly inclusive, nurturing Infant and Nursery setting within the heart of Stapleford. Children’s learning and development is bespoke; with children carefully targeted to ensure each and every child thrives.
Anna continued her tour into Year 1 and was keen to hear Nursery rhymes and stories, one child told her all about Rapunzel and was eager to let her listen to the whole story! Another child kindly made a character from his Nursery rhyme for her to take away, which of course she will treasure.
Anna was very keen to talk about the children’s writing and one of our Year two children was sharing his big write work; explaining how he developed his ideas before setting to work! The quality of the children’s handwriting was also seen as a particular strength!
Anna completed her tour, having relished our school. She enjoyed meeting our wonderful children developed a strong sense of our strengths and what makes William Lilley so exceptional. A day that neither Anna or our children will forget…
Well done everyone!