More pupils in Leeds are going to good schools

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PARENTS in Leeds are more likely to be able to send their child to a good school than those in most areas of Yorkshire, a new county-wide Ofsted report has revealed.

The proportion of schools in the city rated either outstanding or good has increased in the past 12 months according to the inspection watchdog.

Figures contained in the Ofsted regional report for Yorkshire and the North East, published yesterday, show that 85 per cent of pupils in Leeds attend a good primary school - up two per cent on 2013.

This is the third highest figure in Yorkshire and only Calderdale has a higher proportion of pupils going to good primary schools in West Yorkshire.

Almost three-quarters of Leeds pupils ( 74 per cent) attend a secondary school rated good or better by Ofsted.

This was the fifth highest percentage of out of the 15 education authority areas in Yorkshire.

It was also a four per cent in crease on last year when 70 per cent of Leeds students went to good or outstanding schools.

Ofsted inspectors can give schools one of four ratings: outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate. In the worst cases schools found to be inadequate are placed in special measures.

Two years ago Ofsted changed its rating system and replaced the satisfactory category with requires improvement to ensure that all schools strived to be rated good or outstanding.

Ofsted’s regional director for Yorkshire and the North East Nick Hudson has warned that across Yorkshire as a whole parents and less likely to be able to find a good school for their child than those in any other Government region in England.

Across Yorkshire and the North East a third of pupils attend secondary schools that are less than good. Mr Hudson said that there were major differences in the inspection outcomes for primaries with the North East having the highest proportion of good schools in the country while Yorkshire had the lowest number.