Pen Green family centre was the first family centre to be set up in the UK. In June 2007 Pen Green received a glowing, outstanding OFSTED Report, giving them a beacon status for up and coming family centres to follow.
OFSTED states that Pen Green gives children a first rate start to their education, which meets one of the requirements of the DCSF (Department for Children, Schools and Families), which is to offer children top rate education. Another of their targets was that children all progress to their full potential and it was noted that Pen Green was achieving this. The children were leading and were very involved in their learning styles, making decisions and making learning fun. Due to fantastic teaching and the relationships between staff and parents children were happy, healthy and thriving to learn and achieve.
The only negative that we can think of is that once you have beacon status, there are pressures to maintain the standard.