A Sheffield primary school rated outstanding in all areas by inspectors earlier this year is to open its own nursery for the first time.
St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary at Beauchief is to open a 30 place centre for three-year-olds in September 2015 with an emphasis on outdoor learning.
Headteacher Andrew Truby said the curriculum would make the most of woodland in the grounds with children even looking after the school chickens.
“We fully intend to make this the best nursery provision we can offer. The children will experience high quality learning every minute of every day at our school,” he said.
“Our philosophy is very clear - there is no place for anything less than outstanding in our school because this is what the children deserve.”
Currently the school just has a reception class for four to five-year-olds, but permission has been granted by the Secretary of State and the Catholic diocese for a nursery to be opened.
Parents interested in securing a place are being to visit the school to get a feel for what it offers.
This year’s report found its youngest children made rapid and outstanding progress.