Three out of four Northamptonshire primary schools are ‘good’

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Three out of four primary schools in Northamptonshire are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, latest data has revealed.

The local authority has lowered the number of primary schools in the “requires improvement” and “inadequate” categories from 97 in August 2012 to 60 in August 2013, 
the new Ofsted report has stated.

There are now 177 ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ primary schools compared to 158 in August 2012. The number of ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ secondary schools has improved from 16 to 22, equivalent to 63 per cent.

Northamptonshire compared well with similar local authorities, such as Derbyshire and Staffordshire, where 75 per cent of primary schools were also rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.

Mark Currell, former headteacher of Abington Vale Primary School in Northampton, which is rated “outstanding” by Ofsted, said he thought education standards were improving in the county all the time.

He said: “I think the evidence speaks for itself. The numbers show we are improving what we provide for young people. We have some amazing teachers and leaders who are committed to improving standards.”

Leigh Wolmarans, headteacher of Lings Primary School in Northampton, which has improved from an ‘inadequate’ rating to ‘good’, said he thought teachers were working hard to improve schools. He said: “I know the teaching profession in Northampton and the parents and pupils are working very hard to make schools successful.”

Meanwhile, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, said that those schools currently judged to be ‘good’ by Ofsted (60 per cent) should no longer be subject to full routine inspections in the way they are now.