Lucy Driver, Headteacher

Welcome to our outstanding setting. We hope you find this website useful and that you contact us if you require any further information.

I have worked as the Leader at St Pauls for 12 years, during this time we have been through many changes and have grown beyond recognition. I love it here, I am inspired by the children, families, community and team and want to provide the very best quality of support and service to them all. I’m passionate about ‘opening doors’ which enable people to feel empowered and make a positive difference in their lives. I recognise that being part of these personal learning journeys is a complete privilege.

St Pauls Nursery School and Children’s Centre welcomed children and families in September 2008 as a new integrated service. We are based in a large temporary building, with extensive grounds that facilitate wonderful outdoor play opportunities for our users – all year round. The building has causes a few challenges over the years, but we are have recently completed an extensive refurbishment plan which provides much better space for learning and thinking.

I hope that St Pauls Nursery School and Children’s Centre is a warm, welcoming and caring environment, many of our families say it feels like home and that our team feel like family, reflecting the trust we have built between us.

We have high expectations and ambition for ourselves and others and always put the interests of children and families first as we constantly strive to bring our vision alive. We respect and value all contributions and work hard to make sure everyone has a voice. We invest hugely in establishing authentic partnerships and relationships with our community and local services, learning from their experience and developing ways we can move forward together. We have particularly strong partnerships with our parents, health, social care, police, learning communities, local Schools and community groups. We also take our services out into the community offering family services at a variety of places.

Our team are talented, skilled and committed, they work hard to meet everyone’s individual needs, to be partners in learning and remain solution focused. Our proactive Governing Body and Users’ Steering Group both draw on the expertise and diversity within our local community to inform our future planning… we are always on the look out to recruit new people – so if you feel you would like to be involved, let us know.

The Centre’s values and commitment to lifelong learning, emotional wellbeing, creativity and inclusion is evident in all our policy, practice and provision – to read more about this please go to our learning.

We are proud that our service has been judged as Outstanding by Ofsted for the last 10 years. Our provision is subject to 3 different Ofsted Inspection frameworks: School Section 5, Daycare and Children’s Centre.

In 2013 we were also designated as a National Teaching School – working in partnership with Redcliffe Nursery School as part of the Bristol Early Years Teaching Consortium. In this role we deliver training to SW England, provide consultancy support and research opportunities to other settings, work with Universities to redesign and offer school based Initial Teacher Training and recruit/deploy Specialist Leaders in Education. In my leadership role I have been designated as a National Leader of Education and work strategically across the Local Authority.

Our work with our youngest children has also been recognised, we are now a Centre of Excellence for Under 3s and are particularly proud of the experience we offer our babies.

St Pauls is an incredible place to work, the diversity, passion and hope in our local community is where we get our inspiration. Every child and family is unique and every day we learn from them.

As a setting we will continue to reflect on how well what we offer meets the needs of this community and strive to continuously improve what we do – but we can’t do it without you, so please join us.

We hope that these pages give you the information you need about our setting and that if you access our services, you enjoy being part of our learning community.