Standards in schools ‘will only improve’

Brambleside School in Kettering after an Ofsted inspection last year
Brambleside School in Kettering after an Ofsted inspection last year

Schools in Northamptonshire are in a good place and will only improve, according to the county councillor responsible for education.

The news comes as a report released by education watchdog Ofsted shows that, as of December 31, 2012, 18 per cent of the county’s schools which were inspected were rated as ‘outstanding,’ which is slightly better than the average for the East Midlands.

However, this does fall below the national average of 21 per cent of schools rated as outstanding.

But Northamptonshire County Council member Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children, learning and skills, said this will only improve with the hard work that the schools and local authority are putting in.

He said: “For example, last year, in August, 59 per cent of our primary schools were rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted. But now, I can tell you, that in February, 69 per cent of these schools were rated as either good or outstanding.

“That highlights the hard work being put in by school headteachers, governors, teachers, and the school improvement team.”

Twenty-eight per cent of schools ‘required improvement’, five per cent higher than the national average.

Cllr Grant said having schools ranked at this level was not acceptable and work was being done to raise standards.