Ofsted league tables show improvements

DeLa Salle School, Mill Brow, Eccleston.
DeLa Salle School, Mill Brow, Eccleston.
  • Latest Ofsted assessments positive for St Helens schools
  • Borough’s secondaries languish near the bottom of league tables while primaries are among the best
  • Council insists improvements are being made

St Helens Council says education standards are on the rise following the latest Ofsted inspection figures.

Statistics from the inspections body shows Ofsted had visited 70 St Helens schools up to December 31 last year, grading 22 of them outstanding, 35 good, 10 requiring improvement and three inadequate.

Overall, standards in St Helens’ schools are on the way up. Recent inspections of primary schools confirm that key stage two performance is among the best in the country

Coun Sue Murphy

This means 81 per cent of the schools visited by inspectors were judged to be either good or outstanding, which is identical to the percentage for England but slightly below the North West rate of 85 per cent.

Previous education statistics have shown St Helens’ primary schools have performed well but secondary school standards have lagged behind. However, the council says the new figures show standards are rising across the board.

St Helens Council cabinet member for schools and lifelong learning Coun Sue Murphy said: “Overall, standards in St Helens’ schools are on the way up. Recent inspections of primary schools confirm that key stage two performance is among the best in the country.

“Meanwhile, key stage four performance is now above the national average and compares better with neighbouring council areas than at any stage over the last six years.

“The local education authority is doing all it can to help schools. We have recruited some outstanding practitioners to advise our head teachers and, based on current performance, we expect our secondary schools to improve their judgements over the coming months.

“St Helens is holding its own and things are set to improve further.”