‘Oustanding’ FISH has plenty to celebrate

PUBLISHED: 11:10 08 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:14 08 November 2013

Terri Payne Cranbrook FISH manager and fellow staff members James Libby and Geanette Doherty celebrate their outstanding Ofsted award. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhc 7964-43-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.cranbrookherald.com and click on myphotos24

Terri Payne Cranbrook FISH manager and fellow staff members James Libby and Geanette Doherty celebrate their outstanding Ofsted award. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhc 7964-43-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.cranbrookherald.com and click on myphotos24

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Ofsted were impressed with the school club.

Fun in school holidays at St Martins school in Cranbrook. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhc 5054-33-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24Fun in school holidays at St Martins school in Cranbrook. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhc 5054-33-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

There were plenty of smiles as the children and staff and children of FISH Cranbrook celebrated its outstanding Ofsted rating after its very first inspection.

FISH, which runs breakfast, after school and holiday clubs at St Martin’s Primary School, received a glowing report from inspectors.

It has only been up and running in the new town since September 2012.

The club’s manager Terri Payne said: “It is just a wonderful feeling to have received outstanding because it has been a real team effort and the support from the school, parents and the children.

“If we didn’t have the support of the school and parents we would not have achieved it.

“It is lovely being a part of FISH because it has sites all over Exeter and else where. We can visit each other and share experiences, resources and that has helped gain an outstanding.

“All the staff give 110 per cent.”

Adele Brown who attends FISH Cranbrook added: “I am proud to be part of FISH.”

The inspectors report said: “Children are true partners in their learning through the inspirational key person system. Staff know their children very well through their thorough observations, strong partnerships with parents and the school, and through consistently listening to the views of the children.

“There is flexibility in the rich and varied range of experiences provided at the out of school club, which enables children to make decisions for themselves consistently.

“Staff are attentive to children’s needs giving them one-to-one support when needed. There are excellent opportunities for children to initiate their own play and to be involved in group activities, such as Forest School and team games.”

Staff were praised for giving the children opportunities to initiate their own activities, both inside and outdoors.

The report also highlighted the contribution of early years provision to the well-being of children and stated that children “thrive in the nurturing environment, which is excellently equipped and well-organised to meet the children’s needs effectively”.

FISH is open to children aged from three to 12. For more information visit www.fishkids.co.uk


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