Most schools judged as good

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More than three quarters of schools in the Daventry district are either good or outstanding according to new figures released by the Government.

Ofsted has revealed that three primary schools in the Daventry district – those at Welton, East Haddon and Naseby – are outstanding, the highest grade available.

There are a further 32 schools in the area which have been judged as good, the level below outstanding. The figures have been welcomed by politicians in the area.

Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris, from the Conservatives, said: “This proves that education performance is gradually improving across the district. There is still a long way to go but the figures are going along in the right direction. I think what helps is that a lot of the outstanding schools in the area are sharing good practice with other schools and this can only improve standards across the area.”

Abigail Campbell, the Labour parliamentary candidate for Daventry said: “I welcome these results. They reflect the very great efforts of teachers – many working a 70 hour week to keep up with an ever-increasing workload, even before Ofsted arrives at the school gates.

“School inspections are important. But they don’t necessarily capture the distinctiveness of a school, what makes it unique, or just right for a particular child.

“Under Labour, Ofsted inspections would become more collaborative, involve neighbouring schools, and focus on a broader and more balanced curriculum. We’d also restore local oversight by appointing, with local authorities, directors of school standards, whom any parent body could call on​​.”

Figures show 11 per cent of schools in the area are judged as requiring improvement. Another three schools, equating to seven per cent, have been judged as inadequate by Ofsted. However, The Parker E-ACT Academy has been improving standards to get out of special measures. Both Falconer’s Hill Academy and the Abbey Academy in Daventry were judged inadequate before being converted into academies and are also working to get out of special measures.

Across the county there were 15 per cent of schools judged outstanding, 61 per cent judged as good, 21 per cent requiring improvement and three per cent as inadequate.