Warwickshire schools ‘performing well’ compared to national average

The recently published Ofsted Annual Report for 2017/18 which gives a state of the national picture of the performance of early years, schools, further education and skills, and social care providers in England has shown that Warwickshire is ‘performing well’.

Budbrooke Primary School, Warwick was highlighted within the report for improving its grading from ‘Inadequate’ to ‘Good’, as was St. Michael’s Church of England Primary School, Bedworth.

Some of the other headlines for Warwickshire are:

  • 89% of primary schools judged ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ compared to a national figure of 87% and a West Midlands-wide figure of 85% (4th of 14 Local Authorities in our region). This also represents a 1% increase from the previous year.
  • 83% of secondary schools judged ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ compared to a national figure of 75% and a West Midlands-wide figure of 75% (3rd of 14 Local Authorities in our region).
  • 67% of Key stage 2 children reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics (64% national, 62% regional)
  • 77% of Key stage 2 children reaching the expected standard in reading (75% national, 73% regional)
  • 77% of Key stage 2 children reaching the expected standard in maths (75% national, 74% regional) – this places Warwickshire 2nd out of 14 local authorities in our region.
  • Provisional data for 2018 also places Warwickshire at the top within our region in relation to Key Stage 4 performance.

The West Midlands region as a whole, has the lowest national figure for pupils that did not progress between year 10 and year 11.

Performance is compared against similar authorities and the national picture, in order to form the judgments and overall rating. The annual assessment is based on a four point scale:

4 – Performs excellently – an organisation that significantly exceeds minimum requirements.

3 – Performs well – an organisation that exceeds minimum requirements.

2 – Performs adequately – an organisation that meets only minimum requirements.

1 – Performs poorly – an organisation that does not meet minimum requirements.

Overall, Warwickshire has been assessed as 3, performing well.

Councillor Colin Hayfield, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Education and Learning, said: “I’m extremely pleased to see Warwickshire recognised as performing well for our children. These results are testament to the excellent work undertaken in schools and settings, particularly set against the challenging times we are currently experiencing.

“There are areas for improvement, but these are not surprises for us and we are already working in these areas, including a focus on early intervention, where we work with families and young people to identify problems at the first opportunity.”

The full report can be downloaded from the Ofsted website