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Schools: Standards

Education written question – answered on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Karen Lumley Karen Lumley Conservative, Redditch

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools in (a) Worcestershire and (b) Redditch have received an outstanding result from Ofsted in the last three years.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

This is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to my hon. Friend and a copy of her reply has been placed in the House Libraries.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 29 June 2011

Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, for response.

Since 2005, maintained school inspections have been carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005. Ofsted records all judgements made by inspectors in section 5 inspections, including the judgement for overall effectiveness of the school.

Maintained schools inspected under section 5 include nursery, primary, secondary (including academies and city technology colleges), special schools and pupil referral units.

Table A below shows the number of maintained schools judged to be outstanding for overall effectiveness at their section 5 inspection during the academic years 2007/08 to 2009/10 inclusive in Worcestershire local authority and Redditch constituency. Equivalent data have also been provided for England for context, and the table shows the total number of inspections in each of these areas in each year.

In September 2009, Ofsted implemented a policy of more proportionate inspection using risk assessment as an aid to scheduling the inspection of good and outstanding schools. We deliberately set out to inspect a greater proportion of previously satisfactory or inadequate schools each year and a smaller proportion of previously good or outstanding schools. The sample of schools inspected is therefore skewed and means that comparisons between years should be treated with caution as some differences are due to the very different sample of schools inspected during the different periods.

Statistics covering the outcomes of ail inspections carried out in each academic year since 2005/06 can be found at:

The most recent official statistics release covering the outcomes of maintained school inspections carried out during the autumn and spring terms 2010/11 were released on 15 3une 2011 and can be accessed at the same link.

Table A: Schools judged outstanding for overall effectiveness at their section 5 inspection in (a) England (b) Worcestershire local authority (c) Redditch constituency in each of the last three years
2007/08 2008/09 2009/10
Number of schools judged outstanding for overall effectiveness, and as a percentage of total number of inspections in the area      
England 1,146 (15%) 1,327 (19%) 782 (13%)
Worcestershire local authority(1) 3 12 6
Redditch constituency 0 1 1
Total number of inspections in academic year      
England 7,866 7,065 6,171
Worcestershire local authority 77 101 62
Redditch constituency 14 9 12
(1 )Where numbers are small, percentages are not displayed.

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