‘WE WANT TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE IN BUCKS’
90% of pupils at a ‘good’ school as council vows to help the 10%
THE majority of children across Bucks are attending a good or outstanding school figures reveal, and now council chiefs are now working to improve education for the remainder of pupils.
Bucks County Council (BCC) statistics show 94 per cent of schools in the county received the top ratings from Ofsted.
A total of 90 per cent children and young people are attending a good or outstanding school, which is above the national average of 88 per cent.
However work still needs to be done to improve education for the remaining 10 per cent of pupils who are attending schools that have been rated as requires improvement or inadequate, according to BCC’s education chief Sarah Callaghan.
Speaking at a meeting of BCC’s children’s social care and learning select committee on May 15, Ms Callaghan said: “I don’t think anyone would quibble with our ambition that we want to build a better future for young people in Bucks so that they can fully realise their potential, and I think the critical line is whatever their starting point is
“There are a number of sources we are using to challenge the Ofsted judgements so we don’t just target support at schools with poor judgements, but also proactively support schools that are at risk of becoming inadequate – so some of our goods that have not been inspected for a while.”
A total of 59 Bucks schools are rated as outstanding, 154 are good, and eight require improvement while five are inadequate.
Ms Callaghan added that 26 of the schools have not been visited by Ofsted in four years - so the council will work towards assessing how “confident” it is with those ratings.
Figures also show that 97 per cent of settings in Early Years education are classed as good or outstanding, which is higher than the national average of 94 per cent.
A-Level results across the county also exceed the national average - with the average point score achieved by pupils in 2017 at 36.9, the equivalent of a B-, compared with 32.4 nationally, or a C+.