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Schools: Standards

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of (a) schools and (b) Catholic schools Ofsted judged to be outstanding or good in the latest period for which figures are available. (293945)

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

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 20 October 2009:

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

The latest figures published by Ofsted about the inspection outcomes of maintained schools refer to inspections carried out in the autumn and spring terms of 2008/09. During that period, 19% of all schools inspected were judged to be outstanding and 50% were judged to be good in terms of their overall effectiveness. During the same period, 23% of Roman Catholic schools inspected were judged to be outstanding and 56% were judged to be good. Table A summarises the outcomes for all schools inspected during this period by phase of education, and Table B summarises the outcomes for Roman Catholic schools.

Figures covering all inspections which took place during the full academic year 2008/09 will be published in November 2009 alongside the Annual Report.

A copy of this reply has been sent to Vernon Coaker MP, Minister of State for Schools and Learners, and placed in the library of both Houses.

Table A: overall effectiveness in schools inspected in the autumn and spring terms of academic year 2008/09

Overall effectiveness: percentage of schools inspected

Phase of education

Number of inspections

Outstanding

Good

Satisfactory

Inadequate

Nursery

87

59

40

1

0

Primary

3,562

16

52

29

3

Secondary

762

23

41

29

7

Special

230

40

45

12

3

Pupil referral unit

125

19

53

22

6

Total

19

50

28

4

Notes:

1. Percentages are rounded and do not always add exactly to 100.

2. Figures include one special school which was inspected twice during this period and found to be inadequate on both occasions.

Table B: overall effectiveness in Roman Catholic schools inspected in the autumn and spring terms of academic year 2008/09

Overall effectiveness: percentage of schools inspected

Phase of education

Number of inspections

Outstanding

Good

Satisfactory

Inadequate

Primary

389

21

58

20

2

Secondary

85

31

48

16

5

Special

1

100

0

0

0

Total

23

56

19

2

Notes:

1. Percentages are rounded and do not always add exactly to 100.

2. Roman Catholic schools excludes those of mixed denomination.