Ofsted’s praise of Bury's school standards
OFSTED chiefs have praised headteachers after the number of Bury schools achieving good or better in inspections increased.
Figures show the number of schools rated by Ofsted as good or outstanding in Bury increased from 61 in August 2012 to 69 in June.
The number of children attending good or outstanding schools has risen from 72 per cent in August 2012 to 81 per cent in June.
Ofsted bosses say a change in the framework of their inspections has contributed to the increase and had a ‘galvanising effect’ on the school system.
In September 2012, a new grade of ‘requires improvement’ replaced ‘satisfactory’, with schools placed in this new category given four years to improve or face the prospect of being judged as inadequate.
Across the North West, 81 are now judged as good or better, compared to 74 per cent a year ago, and Ofsted say this increase represents the fastest rate of national improvement in school performance across the organisation’s 21-year history.
Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted chief inspector, said: “The unprecedented rate of national improvement that this new data shows is cause for celebration. Thanks to the work of dedicated teachers and outstanding headteachers up and down the country, England’s school system is making some genuine and radical advances.
“It means that thousands more children are getting at least a good standard of education.”
Some of the Bury schools to be rated good most recently include Whitefield Community Primary, Unsworth Primary, and Radcliffe Riverside.
Nationally 78 per cent of schools are now judged as good or outstanding.
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