More 'outstanding' and 'good' ratings for North Lincs schools from Ofsted
NEARLY three quarters of students in North Lincolnshire are now studying at "good" or "outstanding" schools, the Telegraph can reveal.
Figures released by North Lincolnshire Council show a 26 per cent increase in the number of students at "good" or "outstanding" secondary schools between August 2012 and February this year.
The increase, which equates to 2,496 children, means that 70 per cent of children in the region now attend "good" or "outstanding" secondary schools.
Marie Lister, principal at South Axholme Academy, saw her school's grade improve after Ofsted carried out an inspection in January.
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She said: "We were given a 'satisfactory' report last time Ofsted came, and now we have been judged as 'good'.
"The fact that more schools are 'good' and 'outstanding' has got to be positive for students, teachers and parents. It validates the vision and effort that leaders and staff put in, to meet ever-increasing government standards.
"For young people, progress to further education and higher education is an issue. We have to improve their life chances by equipping them with a range of skills.
"We are preparing young people for an uncertain future because jobs are evolving so quickly.
"We are delighted to get a 'good' grade now and the staff and students have worked very hard."
The number of primary pupils in "good" and "outstanding" schools has also increased, from 64 per cent in August 2012 to 76 per cent in February this year.
This 12 per cent increase equates to 1,533 children.
It has been celebrated by schools, including Scunthorpe CofE Primary, which was recently given a "good" grade by Ofsted inspectors.
Having previously been judged "satisfactory" by Ofsted, the school showed an improvement after the latest inspection in January this year.
Jennie Fullwood, head teacher at Scunthorpe CofE, said: "It is obviously good news that more children are at 'good' and 'outstanding' primary schools.
"It has to be good for children in North Lincolnshire. All schools are aiming to give children the best education they can.
"We are absolutely delighted to have been given a 'good' grade, and it is down to the hard work of the school, staff, governors and community.
'Outstanding' is the next step for us. We work very hard and that is what we want to achieve."
In the first half of the current academic year 13 primary schools and two secondary schools (one maintained and one academy) were subject to a full Ofsted inspection.
Councillor Rob Waltham, cabinet member responsible for education, said: "It is clearly unacceptable for any child in North Lincolnshire to attend a school which is deemed not to have reached a good or outstanding standard.
"We are making some fantastic progress by working closely with schools to improve their inspection chances, and most importantly to ensure that they offer children and parents the best possible education."