School: Standards

Education written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland Conservative, South Swindon

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) schools and (b) academies were given an Outstanding grade in Ofsted inspections in (i) England and (ii) South Swindon constituency in the last year.

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

This question is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has written to my hon. Friend, and a copy of his response has been placed in the House Libraries.

Letter from Sir Michael Wilshaw, dated 13 June 2012

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 and, more recently, the Education Act 2011. Ofsted records all judgements made by inspectors in section 5 inspections, including the judgement for the overall effectiveness of the school.

Under section 5, Ofsted inspects maintained schools (nursery, primary, secondary and special schools and pupil referral units), state-funded independent schools such as academies and certain non-maintained special schools in England. All of these types of schools have been included in this response. On 1 January 2012 Ofsted implemented a new school inspection framework for section 5 inspections. This includes a sharper focus on the judgements that matter most and a continued drive to raise standards—particularly in literacy.

Table A shows the number of maintained-schools judged outstanding for overall effectiveness at their section 5 inspection during the academic year 2010/11 and the academic year 2011/12: up to 31 March 2012 in the South Swindon constituency and England.

Table B shows the number of academies judged outstanding for overall effectiveness at their section 5 inspection during the academic year 2010/11 and the academic year 2011/12 up to 31 March 2012 in the South Swindon constituency and England.

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.

In September 2010, Ofsted deferred the inspections of previously outstanding schools and, as signalled in the Education Act 2011, is no longer routinely inspecting previously outstanding schools. These schools will not be inspected unless a complaint has been raised or the risk assessment process identifies that these schools would benefit from an inspection.

Accordingly, the sample of schools inspected during any given period is unlikely to be representative of the nation as a whole.

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

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/advanced-resources-search/results/Maintained%20schools/2/a11/any/200/any

The most recent official statistics release covering the outcomes of maintained school inspections carried out between 1 January 2012 and 31 March 2012 was. released on 12 June 2012 and can be accessed at the same link.

A copy of this reply has been sent to Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools, and will be placed in the Library of both Houses.

Table A: Schools in England and South Swindon constituency judged outstanding for their overall effectiveness in each academic year 2010/11 and2011/12 (year to date)
    2010/11 2011/12 (year to date)
Region Phase(1) Number inspected Number outstanding Percentage outstanding Number inspected Number outstanding Percentage outstanding
England Nursery 126 58 46 103 54 52
  Primary 4,249 323 8 3,146 312 10
  Secondary 894 126 14 632 83 13
  Special 328 91 28 199 54 27
  PRU 129 19 15 117 7 6
  All schools 5,726 617 11 4,197 510 12
               
South Swindon Nursery 0 0
  Primary 7 1 14 6 1 17
  Secondary 3 1 33 1 0 0
  Special 1 0 0 0
  PRU 0 0
  All schools 11 2 18 7 1 14
(1) Includes sponsor-led and converter academies as primary or secondary schools as appropriate.
Table B: Academy schools in England and South Swindon constituency judged outstanding for their overall effectiveness in each academic year 2010/11 and 2011/12 (year to date)
      2010/11 2011/12 (year to date)
Region Academy type Phase Number inspected Number outstanding Percentage outstanding Number inspected Number outstanding Percentage outstanding
England Sponsor-led Secondary 64 12 19 65 11 17
  Converter Primary 4 1 25 32 7 22
    Secondary 7 3 43 87 26 30
  Total academies   75 16 21 184 44 24
                 
South Swindon Sponsor-led Secondary 0 0
  Converter Primary 1 1 100 0
    Secondary 0 0
  Total academies   1 1 100 0

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