Ofsted has ranked Bedford Borough as the second best place in the country to send your child to lower or primary school.
The progress achieved by Bedford Borough’s schools in recent years has been confirmed in emphatic fashion by Ofsted in its Annual Report, which ranks the borough as the second best place in the country for lower and primary schools. The ranking is based on the proportion of children attending good or outstanding lower/primary schools, with a massive 95% of children reported as being in such schools in Bedford Borough.
Since the data was compiled for the report, the figure has increased even further to 97%, which would place Bedford Borough as the joint top local authority area in the country.
Even the wider picture, including middles and upper schools, shows 24 out of the 27 Local Authority maintained schools inspected by Ofsted this year (since September 2012) have been judged to be either good or outstanding – that’s 92.5%.
The report also once again ranks Bedford Borough as by far the highest ranking local authority area for lower/primary schools across the whole of the East of England.
Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “This is richly deserved recognition for the work going on in schools across Bedford Borough week-in, week-out to achieve and maintain high standards on behalf of local children.
“Congratulations are due to all the teachers, staff, pupils, governors and everyone who is working in this crucial ongoing task. Alongside other positive developments such as the brand new schools and upgraded facilities we are investing in and this year’s sharp increase in the GCSE attainment figures in defiance of the national trend, it is clear that these are exciting times for education in Bedford Borough.”
Denise Cottam, head teacher at Shortstown Primary School, said: “Bedford Borough Council has worked hard with the schools to support the recent Ofsted results. Their commitment to a high standard of education for all children and the continued drive to improve even further is excellent news for the communities they serve.”
Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Education at Bedford Borough Council, said: “We are committed to ensuring that all of our children and young people have access to the highest quality of teaching and learning. This huge achievement is the result of the hard work of teachers, pupils, parents, school leaders, governors and the whole school communities who I know work tirelessly for every child in our borough.”
The news of Bedford’s excellent performance in the Ofsted league table comes after remarkable progress was made over the GSCE (5A* - C, including English and Maths) results in the borough. This saw this figure rise a massive 5.4%, at a time when nationally the performance went down.
Bedford Borough Council has invested heavily to ensure the creation of excellent teaching and learning space. This has included the construction and opening of three brand new 420 place Primary Schools and the expansion and upgrading of many more. £26 million was invested by the council in improving and maintaining school facilities in the last financial year alone.
To view Ofsted’s inspection reports in full, visit www.ofsted.gov.uk