Headteacher’s Welcome

Thank you for visiting the website for Peartree Way Nursery School.

Peartree Way is the only maintained nursery school in Stevenage and is an integral part of the community in Shephall.  I feel very lucky to be Headteacher here, as I have the chance to see children grow and develop into independent learners, ready to take their next step in their educational career, as well as work with a great team of knowledgeable and enthusiastic  staff.  The children are at the heart of everything we do and positive well-being for all is vital to make strong progress.

We are proud to have maintained a very good quality of education following our recent Ofsted inspection in November 2018 and we are ‘determined that pupils will do well’.

Our ethos of ‘Friendship, fun and learning for all’ is reflected in our excellent provision and staff strive to respond to children’s interests and needs to make the most of every learning opportunity.  Ofsted stated that ‘The school provides a happy and vibrant learning environment where children are well cared for and are encouraged to do their very best.  Children behave extremely well.  They are respectful, courteous and supportive of the learning of others.’

The first five years of a child’s life are the vital foundations from which all future progress is built on and the dedication of the staff and you as parents are fundamental.  Children learn best when they are healthy, happy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met and when they have positive relationships with the adults who care for them.

Parents express positive views about our school and one parent has written: ‘Peartree Way is a lovely setting, welcoming to both children and their families.  I have felt completely reassured by the level of attention both my children have received.  The staff have an amazing warmth, which has enabled the whole experience to be so magical.’

Other comments from parents are included on our website and I encourage you to read about how other parents feel about Peartree Way – there is no better recommendation for a school than the voices of parents and children.

We want every parent to know that their child is important to us here at Peartree Way, and that no concern is too small. Please come in and talk to us about any aspect of your child’s welfare, wellbeing or development; by working together the results will have a positive impact on your child’s development and learning.

If you would like to visit Peartree Way to experience the Nursery and Pre-School in action, please ring to make an appointment so we can share the fun and stimulating learning environment.

Deborah Willcox


Pre-School or Nursery?

We are very fortunate in Hertfordshire to still have the opportunity to offer Nursery School provision for our three and four year olds.

Nursery Schools offer the opportunity for children to spend the year prior to starting school with children of their own age and level of development. This helps their independence, social skills and enthusiasm for learning to develop in line with expectations and prepares them for the next steps on their educational journey. 

For this reason we provide separate indoor and outdoor areas for our Pre-School and Nursery children. By having both these provisions on one site the children have the continuity of staying with us for up to two years before moving on to school.

Our Nursery

Peartree Way Nursery School is a 100 place Local Authority maintained Nursery School offering children from 3 years to 4 years a safe and secure environment to become independent learners.

We have an intake of new children each September and children are organised in groups of mixed age and ability.

We offer two sessions each day – a morning session from 08:30 to 11:30 and an afternoon session from 12:30 to 15:30, five days a week. To assist with sibling “drop-off” times, the first 25 minutes of each session is flexible. Children have the opportunity to work with all staff and in each learning area during their time with us.

We also offer parents the opportunity to extend their child’s sessions. Please speak to Mrs Endersby for more information.


Children can join us from the age of 2 years and we are able to offer 15 hours per week FREE early learning to children the term after their 3rd birthday (subject to eligibility).  These children are given the opportunity to play and learn within small groups with other similar aged children.  A designated, well-experienced key-worker will be assigned to your child. These sessions are a great way of starting the Early Years learning journey and preparing your child for Nursery. 

Explorers and Voyagers

Pre-School Explorers – A place to learn through play for 2 – 3 year olds in the safety of a well-planned, nurturing and awe-inspiring environment with caring, supportive adults where opportunity to explore natural curiosity and develop own interest is embraced. With a focus on well-being and Personal, Social and Emotional development we will support your children in the development of foundational skills such as communication and language, core muscle development and motor skills, early maths and literacy such as developing a love of books and mark making opportunity and lots of time to explore and understand the world in our safe but challenging outdoor space.

Pre-School Voyagers – A chance to secure foundational skills in the wider environment that is Peartree Way Nursery before your child reaches nursery age. As your child grows and learns we will explore and provide challenge to their learning based on their individual development and interests. The Nursery environment is much bigger therefore offers more opportunity through discovery to develop skills in all areas, opening up many more experiences such as the expansive outdoor play and learning area. Being part of the larger group of children enables the development of a greater circle of friendship groups and opportunity to learn with, and from older children.


We welcome any child with a Special Educational Need and parents will be involved in the development of an individual programme to ensure educational and social interaction. For further information, see the separate section on SEND.

If you would like to visit our Nursery please contact us to arrange an appointment.  We are able to offer all children settling sessions to help with their integration into pre-school and nursery life to help them feel safe and supported as they start their learning journey with us.

In Safe Hands

The children at Peartree Way Nursery School are “In Safe Hands”.  On the 1st November 2017 we were approved for the “In Safe Hands Award” which is achieved by quality assurance and numbers of Paediatric Trained First Aiders in Childcare Settings and awarded by The First Aid Industry Body.