More pupils in Wakefield are attending ‘good’ schools

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Almost 70 per cent schools inspected in the Wakefield district were judged to be good or better by Ofsted according to the latest figures.

Statistics released by the education watchdog this week, show that out of 131 inspected up until December 31 last year, 20 were judged to be outstanding and 69 achieved a good grade.

Of the remaining schools, 39 were judged as requiring improvement and three were found to be inadequate.

In January, Ofsted inspectors judged the local authority to be ineffective at supporting school improvement. It followed a string of damning publications by Ofsted about the standard of education in the district.

Coun Olivia Rowley, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “We have been working extremely hard with headteachers and governors to help improve our schools and it is having a positive impact. Overall 3,476 more pupils in Wakefield are now attending good or outstanding schools.

“There is still work to do but we are absolutely determined to deliver the highest standard of education for our children and are committed to working with all schools to help them continue to improve.”