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Most primary places in Bucks at good or outstanding schools

More than nine in ten places in the county were at good or outstanding schools

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:56am 17th July 2020. 3-minute read.

Most primary places in Bucks at good or outstanding schools

Most Buckinghamshire schools are top-rated according to Ofsted. 

More than 9 in 10 primary school places in Bucks are rated good or outstanding school according to new figures. 

The Department for Education shows that 433 new primary school places created in Bucks in the year to May 2019, this is 94% of all new schools places created. 

The national average for this is 91% of places being in top schools, although none of the new places in Buckinghamshire were at Outstanding schools instead all were at Good schools.

When it comes to the ranking of existing schools Buckinghamshire is also above the national average

94% of existing places were at top ranking schools, this time including Outstanding ones, whereas nationally it was 89%. 

In Buckinghamshire, all new secondary school places created last year were in good or outstanding schools – compared to 84% of existing spots that were in such schools.

Across England, 88% of new secondary places were in schools in the best two categories last year.

A DfE spokesman said:

“Around nine in 10 new places created last year were in good or outstanding schools, and the proportion of those schools has increased from 68% in 2010 to 86% this year.

“We will continue to support local authorities, trusts and schools themselves to keep raising standards and ensuring children receive the education they deserve.”

The share of new places in top rated schools varied widely across the country though, with leading groups saying deprived areas struggle to improve their standing in a “unfair and punitive” system.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said many factors lie behind local differences, including how many good or outstanding schools exist in the first place.

He added:

“It is unfortunately a feature of the school system in England that schools in deprived areas are more likely to be downgraded by Ofsted than those in more affluent areas.

“This is because these schools face significant challenges, such as difficulties in teacher recruitment, and the effect of a poor Ofsted grade is often to stigmatise them and make improvement more difficult.

“School leaders and teachers across the country are working incredibly hard to try to secure long-term sustainable improvement in these schools, and ensure every child has a place in a school which is rated as good or better, but they have to do so despite a system which often feels unfair and punitive.”

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