Work needed despite schools progress

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More Peterborough pupils are attending good or outstanding rated schools than ever before.

Across the city, 85 per cent of primary school pupils and 84 per cent of secondary school pupils go to schools given one of the top two Ofsted inspection grades.

This means 16 per cent more secondary school children and five per cent more primary school children are going to schools with better Ofsted grades.

The figures put Peterborough City Council 54th in the country for secondary schools, and 83rd for primary schools. The tables include 150 local authorities.

However, Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson said more needed to be done to improve exam scores in the city.

He said: “Whilst superficially these figures look good and the trend is indeed improving, the attainment in individual schools is still generally well below the English average. Ofsted identify good teacher recruitment as a major part of driving up standards and we need to add to that, strong leadership and targeted help to deal with the large numbers of children without English as a first language and those children with poor parenting. It remains a massive job.”

Peterborough City Council leader and cabinet member for education, skills, and university, Cllr John Holdich said:” In the last three years we have done a lot of hard work around education in the city.

“Now 84 per cent of our schools are rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted.

“We still have a huge turnover of pupils in our schools, particularly at primary school level.

“If you look at the progress levels being achieved by pupils - how much they improve across the year - then we would be near the top across the country.

“We are doing much better than we have done.”