‘WE WANT TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE IN BUCKS’

90% of pupils at a ‘good’ school as coun­cil vows to help the 10%

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by JASMINE RAPSON Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­porter

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+.

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