Leeds tops regional table for good primary schools

Sir Michael Wilshaw. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Sir Michael Wilshaw. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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MORE pupils attend good primary schools in Leeds than anywhere else in Yorkshire, according to the latest Ofsted national report.

Figures from the education watchdog show that 90 per cent of children in the city go to a school which is rated as either good or outstanding.

This is up five per cent on last year’s figure and is also better than any of the other 14 education authority areas in the Yorkshire region.

The figures come just weeks after Ofsted’s regional director Nick Hudson wrote to Leeds City Council warning that the performance of the city’s primaru schools was “inexcusable.”

However this letter related to the performance of primary schools which were below the national average in national tests sat by 11-year-olds - rather than on the outcomes of Ofsted inspections.

Ofsted’s national report published yesterday show the city fares less well at secondary school. The education watchdog’s tables show 78 per cent of students attend good or outstanding secondaries in Leeds. This is still the sixth best performance in Yorkshire and the best in West Yorkshire.

Ofsted have warned there is a North-South divide in educational attainment with the chief inspector of schools Sir Michael Wilshaw blaiming a lack of political will for holding back school improvement in poor performing areas. He also said that if Leeds was to be an engine room of a “northern powerhouse,” it needed to work with the towns on its borders to raise attainment across a wider area.Coun Lucinda Yeasdon, Leeds City council’s executive member for education said Leeds’s position at the top of the table in Yorkshire was “the result of the fantastic work that headteachers, school staff, the local authority and governors.” However she said they were not complacent and knew there was more work to do to raise pupils’ attainment.