Quarter of pupils in ‘inadequate’ schools
Education campaign group blast county council
MORE than a quarter of children in Bucks attend secondary schools that are ‘inadequate’ or ‘require improvement’, an education watchdog has said.
In Ofsted’s annual education, children’s services and skills report, inspectors found 72 per cent of children in Buckinghamshire attend ‘good or outstanding’ schools.
This is compared to 77 per cent last year.
Out of 150 local authorities, Bucks was ranked 94th when looking at the percentage of pupils who attend top level secondary schools.
The four levels that Ofsted inspectors use to judge a school are rated as outstanding, good, requires improvement and inadequate.
Education campaign group, Local, Equal and Excellent (LEE) said for an affluent area such as Buckinghamshire, 28 per cent of children should not be attending secondary schools labelled as requiring improvement or inadequate.
Group spokesman Katy Simmons said: “These Ofsted figures explode the myth that Bucks secondary system is providing fair and equal opportunities for all local children.
“Local politicians should tell parents honestly why it is that their children’s
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chances of attending a school rated ‘good’ plummet when they get to secondary age and above all they need to stop pretending that this somehow has nothing to do with selection.
“Bucks’ selective system concentrates children with additional needs in particular schools, placing an unfair and unrealistic burden on them.”
She argued that Bucks is in the bottom third nationally for school performance and is getting worse.
“Many of the other local authorities with similar outcomes are in parts of the country experiencing significant disadvantage,” she added. “This shouldn’t be happening in an area like Bucks.”
Bucks County Council defended the report’s findings, stating 84 per cent of primary pupils attend good or outstanding schools as rated by Ofsted – three per cent up on last year.
It also argued Bucks is the best performing local authority in the southeast.
A spokesman said: “Although we’re really pleased with the performance of many Bucks secondary schools, the report shows there is room for improvement.
“We are therefore working closely with both maintained and academy schools identified as needing additional support.
“As always, the data is only part of the story. The local authority and head teachers are working together to secure the best possible outcomes for all children and young people in Bucks.”