A specialist early years centre in Stevenage is back to being rated outstanding by Ofsted, after an admin error led to an inadequate rating earlier this year, threatening the future of the charitable organisation.

TRACKS Autism had enjoyed outstanding Ofsted ratings ever since it was established in 2002. 

However, in January the charitable organisation was rated inadequate solely because one trustee failed to submit one form to Ofsted.

Alexa Pickersgill, chair of TRACKS Autism, called it "a wholly disproportionate consequence" and said it could ultimately force the centre to close, as the rating could affect donations, on which it is wholly reliant to keep going.


Now, the early years centre has been reinspected by Ofsted and is once again outstanding in all areas.

"The action from the last inspection has been thoroughly addressed and a more robust system for checking trustees and reporting changes to Ofsted is now in place," the report says.

"Children benefit hugely from the exceptional support they receive at this specialist provision.

"All children make the best possible progress at the setting, particularly in their communication skills, which are at the heart of the curriculum.

"The exceptionally strong staff team respond instinctively to each child's needs. Not only do staff know their own key children, they understand the needs of all children who attend."


The report also says "staff are passionate and dedicated to their roles" and "support one another extremely well", while the "principal leads by example, acting as an exceptional role model to the staff team".

Parents praise the staff and speak positively about the setting, and feel fully supported, the report says.

"Activities are purposefully planned and delivered highly effectively," it continues.

"Children thoroughly enjoy the wealth of physical activities on offer and benefit hugely from a range of sensory experiences."


Alexa said: "We are obviously delighted, as it reflects the excellent provision offered by TRACKS. The comments in the report are really very reflective of what the amazing staff team do every day, and our families are absolutely delighted with the offering.

"We hope to expand and offer our services to more children and families."