Primary schools ‘among best in country’ – report

Michael Cladingbow.
Michael Cladingbow.

Eighty per cent of Lancashire pupils attend primary schools rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, a new report shows.

The figure for secondary schools is slightly lower at 77 per cent, according to the education watchdog’s first ever annual report reviewing standards in the North West.

It says that primary schools and further education in the region is “among the best in England” with 83 per cent of children going to a good or better school compared to 78 per nationally.

Michael Cladingbowl, Ofsted regional director for the North West, said: “I am delighted that the North West has the highest proportion of children going to primary schools judged good or better in England.

“The region’s colleges must also be praised as the North West stands as the top performer nationally.

“Much of the credit should go to teachers and leaders, whose hard work ensures that children are receiving the best education.”

The report also makes it clear that, in some parts of the North West, there is room for improvement, particularly in secondary schools, where it says quality is “patchy”.

In Blackpool, for example, children only have around a one in two chance of attending a good secondary school and disadvantaged children are also “not served well”.

Mr Cladingbowl added: “I am determined to drive improvement through our inspections and improvement work. Ofsted inspectors will monitor, challenge and support those institutions that are underperforming.”

The report also shows that, nationally, nearly eight in 10 schools in England are now good or better – the highest number since Ofsted was founded 20 years ago.