South Tyneside schools are among best in country

IMPRESSIVE FIGURES ... Coan Joan Atkinson.
IMPRESSIVE FIGURES ... Coan Joan Atkinson.

SOUTH Tyneside’s Schools are among the best in the country, new figures show.

Nine out of 10 pupils are being taught in outstanding, or good schools, across the borough.

And according to school inspection body Ofsted, the borough is ranked eighth out of 163 local authorities nationwide for the percentage of good and outstanding primary and secondary schools it has.

More than 92 per cent of the 53 schools have been rated outstanding or good following the most recent inspections, and no schools are classed as inadequate.

Lead member for children, young people and families, Coun Joan Atkinson, said: “These are impressive figures and it is reassuring to know that 92.3 per cent of our pupils are in some of the country’s very best schools.

“We have made significant improvement over the last couple of years and that is testament to the hard work and dedication of our many talented teachers and school staff.

“We will never be entirely satisfied until all our schools are classed as outstanding or good, and we will continue to build on the excellent progress we have made. We strive to provide every child with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to realise their potential, and to challenge and support our school leaders, and governors, to help our schools to be the best they can be.”

More than 37 per cent of the borough’s 20,210 pupils are taught in schools which are rated outstanding, and a further 55 per cent attend good schools.

The figures do not include the borough’s special schools or nurseries. However, all of these are rated good or outstanding.

The data, which was collated by the Watchsted website, relates to Ofsted inspections carried out since 2008, though most have taken place in the last two academic years.

South Tyneside’s schools fared well compared with neighbouring authorities.

North Tyneside is ranked sixth with 93.7 per cent of its primary and secondary schools classed as good or outstanding, with Newcastle is ranked tenth (91.4 per cent).

Gateshead was ranked 38th (84.4 per cent) with Sunderland further down the table at 71st (80.4 per cent).

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