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Most Lancs schools ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’

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Figures from the latest Ofsted annual report show that the vast majority of Lancashire’s children and young people are taught in schools that are either good or outstanding.

The latest Ofsted statistics show that more than 84 per cent of the county’s pupils attend secondary schools that have been judged to be good or outstanding. This figure compares to the national average of 69 per cent and is the third highest proportion in the North West.

Similarly, 89 per cent of Lancashire’s primary age pupils attend schools that have been judged to be good or outstanding, compared to the national average of 88 per cent, which is again in the top 10 for the region.

The figures for both primary and secondary age pupils are above the national and regional averages, while the percentage of pupils in schools that are not good or outstanding are much lower than the national average.

Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and schools, County Councillor 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.

“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 Ofsted Annual Report for 2014/15 was published this week and gives a national overview of schools, colleges and further education providers in England.