Positive inspections for majority of Sheffield schools

Jayne Ludlam, Childrens Director for Sheffield City Council
Jayne Ludlam, Childrens Director for Sheffield City Council
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Most schools in Sheffield have been rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ under recent Ofsted inspections.

New figures released by the Government show that of the 157 schools inspected by December 31, 92 were deemed good and 23 outstanding by inspectors.

However, six were rated as inadequate, with a further 36 told they require improvements.

There was a similar picture across most of South Yorkshire.

From Rotherham’s 112 inspected schools, 17 were outstanding and 74 good, with 17 requiring improvement and four inadequate.

In Doncaster, the borough’s 121 inspected schools included 55 good schools and 18 outstanding ones.

However, six were found to be inadequate and 42 required improvement.

Barnsley’s 84 inspected schools included 23 that were outstanding and 41 rated good, with six inadequate and 14 needing improvements.

Despite the largely positive results, only Rotherham matched the national average of 81 per cent of schools being either rated good or outstanding.

Sheffield’s percentage was 74 per cent, Barnsley’s 76 per cent and Doncaster’s just 60 per cent.

Across the Yorkshire region, 76 per cent of schools on average were found to be good or outstanding by Ofsted inspectors.

The latest school inspection figures follow the recent fall in the percentage of Sheffield children getting at least five A* to C grades in their GCSEs.

Figures published in January show the percentage has fallen to 53.9 per cent, down from 57.3 per cent in 2013, following controversial Government reforms that saw resit results and some vocational qualifications removed from performance tables.

Jayne Ludlam, Sheffield Council executive director of children, young people and families, said at the time that the council works with all schools to ‘support young people across the city to ensure they achieve their potential’.

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