County schools getting top marks from Ofsted

Schools in Lincolnshire have been rated highly by Ofsted
Schools in Lincolnshire have been rated highly by Ofsted

Latest figures from Ofsted into school performance show that 90.3 per cent of Lincolnshire schools are now rated good or outstanding.

This puts the county 52nd out of 152 authorities and fourth from the top compared to similar local authorities around the country.

Lincolnshire is well ahead of neighbouring local authorities in the East Midlands, the next best of which is Leicestershire with 88 per cent of good or outstanding schools.

The average performance for England as a whole is below Lincolnshire at only 87.4 per cent, while the county also comfortably beats the East Midlands’ average of 84.5 per cent.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for children’s services at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “This vindicates all the good work we have put into this area over recent years.

“Together with our partner, CfBT Education Trust, school improvement has continued to be a priority to ensure schools provide the best start in life for children and young people.

“It also contradicts Sir Michael Wilshaw’s (head of Osted and chief inspector of schools in England) recent claims about the East Midlands being the worst performing region in the country on a range of key education indicators.

“Clearly, this isn’t the case and in Lincolnshire we have some of the best performing schools in the country.

“We have an excellent range of maintained, foundation, faith and grammar schools, plus a large number of academies particularly in the secondary sector.

“This gives parents a wide choice of quality education which caters for all of our children and young people.

“Schools have embraced the challenge to be the best they can and we will continue to strive to improve Lincolnshire’s standing still further.”