Education standards in Kirklees are falling.

The number of good or outstanding secondary and primary schools is fewer than last year, according to Ofsted’s annual report on England.

And Kirklees is languishing in the bottom third of the national table for both secondary and primary schools.

The biggest decline has been in secondary schools.

Last year 81% of local 11 to 16-year-olds attended a school which was rated as Good or better. Today the same can be said for only 70% of pupils, dropping Kirklees to 100th out of 150 local authorities in England.

The council’s position for primary schools is even lower at 119th, although the fall in standards has not been as dramatic. Some 74% of Kirklees primary school children attend Good or Outstanding schools (national average 80%), compared with 76% in 2013.

This comes at a time when almost three-quarters of Yorkshire’s 27 local authorities actually improved their results.

Regionally, Yorkshire schools are slightly below the rest of England at every Key Stage from ages five to 16. But even within Yorkshire, Kirklees did not fare well.

Calderdale is ranked at 92nd for secondary schools, with 72% of pupils at good schools, a drop of 8% on last year.

However, primary school education is in rude health in Calderdale. The authority is 30th nationally, with 88% of youngsters attending a good or better school - a rise of 7% on 2013.

Calderdale, Leeds, York and Barnsley are ranked higher than Kirklees for primary schools, with Bradford, Wakefield and others lagging behind. Doncaster is rated 149th out of 150.

There are disparate levels of secondary education within the region, ranging from York at 14th down to Barnsley, Bradford and Doncaster at 139th, 144th and 146th respectively. In fact, Yorkshire is the worst region in England for secondary schools, trailing 9% behind the national average.

The report also talked about the “depressing picture” of achievement by Yorkshire’s disadvantaged primary school pupils, although this improves at secondary school.

Ofsted Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw said that standards are stalling in the secondary education system and added that too many schools are dealing with a “hubbub of interference” due to pupils gossiping, shouting out, using their phones and general low-level disruption in class .

At the same time there is a “worrying lack of scholarship” seeping into the culture, and teacher recruitment is likely to be a problem.

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Cllr Shabir Pandor, Cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “Ofsted judgements are only one indicator of school performance and it is vital to bear in mind our local exam achievements.

“The most recent SATs results for primary schools show a year-on-year improvement and our GCSE results for secondary schools are above both the regional and national average.

“This shows that young people in Kirklees enjoy a very good standard of education and are achieving well.

“Students in Kirklees are more likely to attend a good or outstanding secondary school than the average for Yorkshire and Humber, while the figures at primary level are roughly in line with regional average.

“We work closely with the regional Ofsted team to ensure the support we offer to schools is appropriate and in line with their needs.

“When there is a school in need of extra support, we will always provide it regardless of whether the school is maintained by the local authority.

“At the same time, Ofsted’s data reflects the fact that a much higher percentage of secondaries than primaries are becoming academies.

“The government should radically review its policy – they have too much focus on academisation and not enough focus on a child-centred approach to education.

“At a time when government cuts are also having a massive impact on local councils, we are investing hugely in the Kirklees schools system.

“Our commitment is to the education of all children and young people and we all have the shared aim of securing the best possible standards.”