Awards celebrate excellence in Warwickshire schools

Some of the best and brightest schools gathered for an awards evening at Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club in November to be recognised for their recent Ofsted achievements.

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The Head teacher, Chair of Governors and pupils from each school attended the Excellence in Warwickshire Awards ceremony on Wednesday 9th November. The awards recognised all schools inspected by Ofsted during the 2015/16 academic year which have improved their performance from their previous Ofsted inspection or maintained their ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ grade. Many of these schools improved from a previous ‘requires improvement’ judgement to a ‘good’ judgement, and one moved from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’.

Schools enjoyed a performance from the Warwickshire Music Suzuki group, who delighted the audience with their violin playing. Some of the pupils there to receive awards also spoke very enthusiastically about their experience of education and why they think their own school deserves to be rated ‘good’.

These schools have played a big part in increasing Warwickshire’s percentage of good or outstanding schools, which went up from 83% to 89% during the 2015/16 academic year. This took Warwickshire above the national average of 86% of good or outstanding schools.

Cllr Colin Hayfield, Portfolio Holder for Education & Learning, said: “The dramatic improvement in our percentage of good or outstanding schools is fantastic news and I am pleased that we were able to formally celebrate our schools’ efforts and hard work at this event. Warwickshire County Council is determined to provide the very best education we can for our children to help them meet their aspirations and reach their full potential.”

Cllr Dave Parsons, Chair of the Children & Young People Overview & Scrutiny Committee, added: “We are proud to recognise the hard work of the staff and pupils in our schools that have made progress or maintained high standards and achieved great Ofsted results. It is encouraging to see a wide range of schools coming together to celebrate their successes.”