Skip to main content

Schools: Standards

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools were in Ofsted categories since 1997 and are no longer in such categories. (196626)

The information is set out in the following table.

Schools placed in Ofsted categories between 1 September 1997 and 31 December 2007

Category

Number of schools placed in each category

Number of schools in each category at 31 December 2007

Number of schools no longer in each category

Special measures

1,806

245

1,561

Significant improvements1

667

305

362

Serious weaknesses1

1,873

0

1,873

Totals

4,346

550

3,796

1 The designation of serious weaknesses applied until 31 August 2005. The Ofsted inspection framework was revised from 1 September 2005 and the new category of requiring significant improvement was introduced.

Note:

The table is based on the most recent information published by Ofsted last month.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools were closed on the grounds of poor performance in each of the last 10 years. (197465)

The Department does not hold information on the reasons for school closure. School place planning is the statutory responsibility of the local authority (LA). Each LA must strive to secure high standards, diversity of provision and increased opportunities for parental choice. They must review school place provision regularly, ensuring there are sufficient places to meet the needs of the population. Where the LA propose to make any changes they must publish statutory proposals which are decided under local decision making arrangements and Ministers have no direct role in the process.

Since 1997, 264 schools placed in the Ofsted special measures category have closed. In addition since 2005, 14 schools placed in the Ofsted inadequate category of requiring significant improvement have closed.