Ofsted joy for county schools

Labour councillor for Leyland, Matthew Tomlinson.
Labour councillor for Leyland, Matthew Tomlinson.
  • Fylde and Wyre schools praised by county hall bosses for being among “best in the country”
  • Quarter of Lancashire schools are rated outstanding
  • And well over half are rated good, by Ofsted
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Lancashire’s schools are among the best in the country - but government watchdogs say some are not up to standard.

Latest government statistics show that more than 85 per cent of the county’s schools, including Wyre and Fylde schools and academies, were rated good or outstanding by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted).

Of the county’s 629 schools 149 (24 per cent) were rated outstanding, and 391 (62 per cent) good.

However, 76 (12 per cent) required improvement and 13 (two per cent) were deemed inadequate.

The data relates to a period up to December 2014, but reveals that the authority, which is among the top third in the country, has one of the highest percentages of good or outstanding schools in the region and beats the national average.

The percentage of those failing to make the grade – or delivering an inadequate service – is the same as both the national and regional averages.

Coun Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools at Lancashire County Council, said: “To have four per cent more ‘outstanding’ schools than the England average is no mean achievement, as outstanding ratings certainly aren’t given lightly.

“I’m genuinely proud of our schools here in Lancashire.

“These figures clearly demonstrate the high quality of their staff and the commitment of pupils and families.

“We are working hard to fulfil our ambition that all our pupils attend a school which is rated as good or better, and we have an excellent track record in helping schools achieve this.”