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Ofsted impressed with area’s schools

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: December 17, 2013

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PARENTS of school-children in and around Ashbourne have a ‘substantially increased’ chance of their offspring attending a good primary school, according to recently released findings.

Ofsted has published its first ever report reviewing education standards in the East Midlands and has found that in 2013/13 the proportion of good or better primary schools in the area has increased from 65 per cent to 77 per cent

Improvement was also seen in secondary schools although the proportion of good or better schools in the region overall is still below the national level, 72 per cent in East Midlands compared to 74 per cent nationally.

Louise Soden, Ofsted regional director said: “Despite encouraging signs of improvements in both primary and secondary schools, there are still too many providing only a mediocre education or worse.

“The pace of improvement is not yet fast enough, with other regions also improving but at a quicker rate.

“Taken as a whole, there remains much more to do to improve the quality of education in this region.

“As regional director for the East Midlands, I am determined to focus minds through our inspection and improvement work.

“Ofsted inspectors are monitoring, challenging and supporting those institutions that are underperforming and we will not walk away until standards across the region improve.”

Last year Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School had fallen below the national average for the number of pupils it saw achieving at least five GCSE passes but this year, following a turbulent encounter with Ofsted inspectors, there was a huge improvement.

In a recent monitoring visit by Ofsted the Green Road school’s lessons were observed, interviews were carried out with students and staff and feedback given to head teacher Anne Martin suggests the school has begun to bounce back.

The monitoring report forms part of a process following the school’s previous sub-standard Ofsted results and will be repeated until inspectors are satisfied with improvements.

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