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Schools: Standards

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many and what percentage of (a) community schools, (b) voluntary aided schools, (c) voluntary controlled schools, (d) foundation schools, (e) city technology colleges and (f) academies were in Ofsted categories (i) special measures, (ii) serious weaknesses and (iii) underachieving in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority; (132878)

(2) how many and what percentage of (a) community schools, (b) voluntary-aided schools, (c) voluntary controlled schools, (d) foundation schools, (e) city technology colleges and (f) academies were in Ofsted category (i) special measures, (ii) serious weaknesses and (iii) underachieving in each year since 1997 (A) in total and (B) in each local authority;

(3) how many and what percentage of (a) community schools, (b) voluntary aided schools, (c) voluntary controlled schools, (d) foundation schools, (e) city technology colleges and (f) academies were in Ofsted category (i) special measures and (ii) notice to improve in 2007, broken down by local education authority;

(4) how many and what percentage of (a) community schools, (b) voluntary-aided schools, (c) voluntary controlled schools, (d) foundation schools, (e) city technology colleges and (f) academies were in Ofsted category (i) special measures and (ii) notice to improve in 2007 (A) in total and (B) in each local authority.

This is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert has written to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 3 May 2007:

Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, for reply.

You asked in question number 132878 how many and what percentage of (a) community schools, (b) voluntary aided schools, (c) voluntary controlled schools, (d) foundation schools, (e) city technology colleges and (f) academies were in Ofsted categories (i) special measures, (ii) serious weaknesses and (iii) underachieving in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority.

You asked in question number 132879 how many, and what percentage of (a) community schools, (b) voluntary aided schools, (c) voluntary controlled schools, (d) foundation schools, (e) city technology colleges and (f) academies were in Ofsted category (i) special measures and (ii) notice to improve in 2007, broken down by local education authority.

The tables attached show the number and percentage of schools in a category at the end of each academic year, that is, on 31 August. In the course of any year, schools may be placed in and taken out of a category, and so the figures at any specific point during the preceding twelve months will not be the same as those for the end of the year. For the academic year 2006/07, the numbers only show schools in categories up to 31 December 2006 since these were the most recent set of schools for which we have complete inspection data.

The school type is that listed on our current database of Educational Establishments, as at April 2007.

A copy of this reply has been sent to Jim Knight MP, Minister of State for Schools, and will be placed in the library of both Houses.