Nursery and Reception

The Chapter House Nursery and Reception follows on from our Queen's Kindergarten. It continues to support a child's early development through the power of play and social interactions, capturing their individual interests and encouraging learning through them. 

Building upon the EYFS curriculum, the Nursery and Reception years provide the opportunity for children to learn a modern foreign language and to undertake expert music tuition. Pupils can also enjoy participating in sports, including regular swimming, dance and multi-skill sessions and take full advantage of our excellent sporting facilities, outdoor learning areas and playgrounds.

Chapter House: Rated 'Outstanding'

Chapter House Early Years judged ‘Outstanding’ across all areas by Schools Inspectorate 2019

The Chapter House Early Years was praised for its 'excellent care and learning experiences that the setting provides’. The glowing ISI report follows a three-day inspection in February this year, with inspectors observing every aspect of school life.

The key findings for the Early Years Foundation Stage provision are set out in the report:

  • The overall effectiveness of the Early Years provision is outstanding.
  • Children receive the best possible support and care.
  • Children’s personal, social, and emotional development is given high priority and, as a result, is excellent.
  • Each child benefits from high-quality individual time with adults who ensure that they are safe, happy and secure.
  • The requirements for children’s safeguarding and welfare are fully met.
  • Due to the excellent care and learning experiences that the setting provides, almost all children under the age of two meet or exceed the level of development that is typical for their age.
  • The outstanding outcomes for children are a result of knowledgeable and highly effective leadership and management that has established rigorous and supportive systems of monitoring, evaluation and assessment.
Chapter House Rated Outstanding


Our Foundation Team

Miss Soames - foundation Teacher at Chapter House

Miss Soames

Mrs Schofield - Foundation Teacher at Chapter House

Mrs Schofield

Miss Catton - Foundation Teacher at Chapter House

Miss Catton

Miss Smith - Foundation Teacher at Chapter House

Miss Smith

Contact Information

Head of Chapter House and Queen's Kindergarten, Karen Kilkenny and the rest of the Nursery and Reception staff can be contacted by phone on 01423 333310 or via email at:

Chapter House News

Queen Ethelburga’s Judged ‘Excellent’ by Schools Inspectorate
Leona Marshall

Celebrations are underway at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate (QE) this week after the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) awarded the Collegiate the top grading of ‘Excellent’ across all schools and areas, praising the pupils’ outstanding academic achievements and personal development. 

Chapter House Early Years Judged ‘Outstanding’ by Schools Inspectorate
Leona Marshall

Staff and children at Chapter House school are celebrating this week after the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) judged their Early Years provision as ‘Outstanding’ across all areas, praising the 'excellent care and learning experiences that the setting provides’.

Chapter House and King's Magna Qualify for Nationals in 'Fly to the Line' Glider Competition
Marketing Team

Students form Queen Ethelburga's have been participating in season 1 of the 'Fly to the Line Glider Challenge for UK primary school children and are through to the national heats.

QE Hosts Local Netball Tournament
Marketing Team

This afternoon, we welcomed Year 5 and Year 6 students from three local schools to participate in a friendly netball tournament.

Chapter House Students Qualify for ISA Cross Country National Finals
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Today, our pupils from Chapter House competed in the ISA Cross Country area races.