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Kirklees has fewer than average good schools and more than average requiring improvement, Ofsted report says

But Calderdale has more good school than average in Yorkshire and the Humber

Kirklees Council

It was a C minus for Kirklees schools last year, according to Ofsted.

The borough had a smaller than average proportion of ‘good’ schools and a larger than average proportion of schools ‘requiring improvement’, according to figures released by the government watchdog.

Kirklees scored slightly worse than average compared to other local authorities in Yorkshire and The Humber.

In Kirklees 58% (106) of schools reviewed were rated ‘good’ compared to a regional average of 60%.

Meanwhile 21% (38) of Kirklees schools inspected were rated ‘requires improvement’ compared to the regional average of 18%.

Kirklees had an average proportion (20%) of ‘outstanding’ inspected schools while 2% rated inadequate, marginally better than the 3% average.

Calderdale however fared better with 63% of inspected schools rated ‘good’ and 17% ‘requiring improvement’.

No Calderdale school was rated ‘inadequate’ last year and 20% reviewed were rated ‘outstanding’.

Stood in the corner in disgrace was Doncaster, which with 44% good, 35% requiring improvement and 4% inadequate, scored worst in the region.

Also writing lines after school was Wakefield with 53% of its schools rated good and 30% in need of improvement.

A spokesperson for Kirklees Council said: “Kirklees Council is the fourth highest education authority in terms of overall effectiveness across the Yorkshire and The Humberside Region, and compares well with the national average. The council is always working to improve outcomes for pupils by ensuring they attend a good or outstanding school.”

“In order to support the process of continuous improvement we encourage schools to work together to share best practice. We are one of the few authorities with a school improvement team that is able to provide support and challenge for all schools.

“We work closely with schools currently judged as ‘requires improvement’ to ensure that when they are next inspected they will be judged as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. As yet, none of the schools that have been judged as ‘requires improvement’ has been re-inspected.”

Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for Children and Young People’s Services, Clr Megan Swift, said: “I’m delighted but not surprised that our schools have been rated so highly by Ofsted. It’s thanks to the hard work of pupils and the great support of schools, families and the council.”

“We’re committed to keeping up improvement and driving for all our schools to be good or outstanding.”

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