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Ofsted praise improvements in St Helens schools
8:00am Friday 13th September 2013 in News
HEADTEACHERS in St Helens have been praised for their efforts in increasing educational standards over the past year.
Figures released by Ofsted show in St Helens 58 schools were classes as good or of a better quality in June 2013, compared to 50 in August 2012, a rise of nine per cent.
The statistics follow inspections across the north west.
Compared to neighbouring boroughs, Wigan saw a four per cent rise, Warrington also saw a four per cent rise, while Knowsley saw a rise of three per cent.
St Helens Council leader Barrie Grunewald said: “Ofsted has rightfully credited those head teachers throughout the region who have gone the extra mile to create good or outstanding schools.
“Here in St Helens we can be especially proud of our achievements. The number of schools graded as good or outstanding has increased from 74 per cent a year ago to 83 per cent – a rate of increase greater than the national and regional averages – and giving us higher figures than the comparable regional average of 81 per cent and national average of 78 per cent.
“A number of primary schools have made excellent progress over the last few years.
Carr Mill Primary School has been judged to be in the top 105 primary schools in England for similar schools’ measure for 2012 and ranked number one in the table, with more than 20 per cent of pupils achieving level four and above in English and maths than is typical of a school with their intake.
“Many other schools have improved in terms of good and outstanding judgements from Ofsted, as well as performance across all primary schools that places St Helens in the top five per cent performing councils nationally.
“We are aware of course that there is still some work to do in our secondary schools. And in line with my pledge that ‘every child matters – no school left behind’ we’re now addressing this issue with the creation of a new Education Task Group.
“Its remit will be to drive up school standards, improve employability skills and raise expectations, so our young people can aspire, achieve and fulfil their true potential.”
Chief inspector of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw said: “The figures illustrate the greater urgency of heads, leaders, governors and teachers to improve their schools to a good standard and not put up with second best.”
He held out special praise for more than 100 head teachers across the north west, whose schools have been rated as outstanding since this time last year.
Last September a new grade was introduced stating that schools ‘require improvement’ rather than rated as ‘satisfactory’, with schools in this category given four years to improve.
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