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More schools rated good or outstanding

Published on Wednesday, October 26, 2016

THERE has been a significant increase in the number of Leicester schools rated good or outstanding, according to the latest figures.

Ofsted statistics show that in August 2015, 76 per cent of the city’s schools were rated good or outstanding, compared with 85 per cent in October 2016.

This means a total of 89 out of all of the 110 schools in the city have been judged good or outstanding by Ofsted. Twelve of these are academies.

Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor responsible for children, young people and schools, said: “These figures show an increase of nine percentage points in the number of good or outstanding schools we have in the city.

“We work closely with our schools to offer them support and challenge, so that together, we can raise achievement and improve the quality of education.

“This increase is down to the hard work of committed and dedicated education staff, and it shows the value of partnership working and the results this work can generate.

“I’m really pleased that we’re seeing this increase, but we know there’s still more work to do. We’ll continue to work in partnership with our schools so that every child in the city is supported to reach their full potential.”

Ofsted inspectors also praised the effectiveness of this partnership working in a number of cases. Initiatives such as providing training for school governors, arranging for local outstanding schools to support others and ensuring that school improvement plans are stuck to were some of the areas of work which were singled out for praise.

Dovelands Primary School, in Hinckley Road, Leicester, has recently been rated ‘good’ in its latest Ofsted inspection, moving from ‘requires improvement’.

Inspectors rated Dovelands as good in every area they inspected, and praised senior leaders and governors at the school for “working determinedly to improve the quality of teaching and instil a strong ethos and culture of high expectations”.

They were also impressed by the school’s strong values and pupils’ “excellent attitude” towards their learning.

Dovelands’ headteacher Sara McAdam said: “The chair of governors and I are delighted that we have achieved a ‘good’ rating in each of the areas judged by Ofsted. This is testament to the hard work and commitment of our wonderful pupils, staff and governors over the past two years. We are grateful to the parents and carers who have supported the school in the significant improvements that we have made during this time. The Ofsted team acknowledged that decisions made have always had the children at the heart of them, and this recognition meant a lot.”

Nationally, at the end of September this year, 89 per cent of all schools were rated good or outstanding. This means Leicester is closing in on the national figure.

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