Schools outstrip national average

The Cathedral Catholic Primary School, Lancaster.
The Cathedral Catholic Primary School, Lancaster.

The Morecambe and Lancaster district can proudly boast being among the best in the country when it comes to academic success and 
adding value to youngsters’ education.

As the first tranche of schools performance tables are released, Office for Standards in Education figures reveal that despite a tough new inspection regime 89 per cent of Lancashire’s primary-aged children are being taught in a school officially rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.

Although this also means 11 per cent are not reaching this level the majority of those not good require improvement in some areas and this still puts the area among the best in the north west – and the percentages of pupils in schools that are not good or outstanding are much lower than the national average.

The number of secondary schools above in the top tiers – good or oustanding – currently stands at 84 per cent which is 15 per cent above the national average.

Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and schools, County Coun Matthew Tomlinson, said: “There may be a north-south divide in educational performance across the country, but that certainly doesn’t apply to Lancashire.

“To outstrip the national average of pupils in good or outstanding secondary schools by 15 per cent is a remarkable achievement as these ratings are hard to achieve. We’re also above the national average for our primary schools.”

He added: “I’m really proud of these results.

“They are a testament to the high quality of the teaching in our schools and the commitment of pupils and their families to learning.

“And they show that the overall standard of education in Lancashire is up there with the best in the region.

“We certainly won’t rest on our laurels though and we’ll continue to strive to
fulfil our aim that all our pupils are able to attend a school which is rated as good or outstanding.

“We have improved on our performance last year and we’ll work hard to continue this trend next year.”

The tables show that both reading and writing progress are two per cent above the national average and maths progress is one per cent above the national average.