Ofsted’s most recent report shows that more Kent schools than ever are performing at a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ standard.
Kent came second to only Surrey, with 89% of secondary schools being rated as good or outstanding. Not only this, but over 90% of primary schools in the area were rated in the top Ofsted category, rising from 90% in 2016 to 92% in 2017.
Secondary schools in Medway saw a slight 6% drop in the number of schools rated highly, going from 88% in 2016 to 82% in 2017. This places it just below the regional average of 83%.
Medway, however, did see a 3% rise in the number of primary schools performing at a good or outstanding level, going from 83% last year to 86% this year.
Councillor Roger Gough, Kent County Council cabinet member for education, said:
“These results show Kent pupils have access to some of the best schools in England and staff, governors, pupils and parents should be very proud of their achievements.”
“Kent County Council has strong relationships with all schools and multi-academy trusts across the county embracing areas such as school place planning, special educational needs (SEN) and early help. We offer school improvement support and it is clearly a decision for each trust as to whether they commission that.”
Ofsted’s South East Director, Chris Russell in an interview with Kent Online said he remains concerned about the gap between children from poorer and wealthier backgrounds.
“My concerns remain over outcomes for disadvantaged youngsters. Too many do not get the free early years support they are entitled to and fall behind in basic skills such as reading.
“They do not catch up at primary or secondary school and emerge without basic qualifications. And many then struggle to find good quality education or training at post-16.
“Often access to opportunity still depends on where young people live. In the more deprived areas in the region there are still too few good schools to drive up standards and, while more are becoming academies, this is not yet solving the problem.”
Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust was established in 1969 by Sir James Colyer-Fergusson. Since then, the Trustees have made grants in his honour to preserve beautiful Kent churches, promote musical and academic excellence and support local communities . In recent years the Trust has made grants to improve the quality of life of local people by funding community projects that tackle poverty and social exclusion. It has also supported the sustainability of local churches and in particular their role as an important community resource. The trustees regularly review and revise their funding policies to ensure that Trust money continues to be well spent.
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