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Top marks for Uttoxeter schools as an upturn is revealed

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

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STANDARDS at schools in Uttoxeter have dramatically improved in the space of a year, figures have shown.

Data released by Ofsted revealed that the number of schools judged to either require improvement or be inadequate in East Staffordshire has dropped by 11 per cent.

Those schools have now reached a level deemed acceptable by the watchdog, earning either a good or outstanding status.

It represents a huge upturn in fortunes for the borough’s schools.

Just 12 months ago, more than a third were judged to be not doing well enough, with that figure as high as 41 per cent in 2012.

That is now at 24 per cent, with the amount of outstanding schools unchanged at 11 per cent - but twice as high as five years ago.

Last year appears to have been a watershed moment, when tensions between schools and Ofsed and the Government reached an all-time high.

Changes in grading which saw ‘satisfactory’ become ‘requires improvement’ were widely criticised, but schools now appear to be moving in the right direction.

Staffordshire County Council’s education chief Ben Adams said: “Schools are certainly improving, but we recognise there is further work to do if we are to achieve our vision of every child in the county having the opportunity to attend a good or outstanding school.”

Tynsel Parkes First School is one of the latest schools to come under the Ofsted spotlight after a recent inspection yielded outstanding results.

The school was given glowing praise by the school monitoring authority, which awarded a ‘good with outstanding elements’ judgement. This follows last year’s inspection from the Diocese of Lichfield, which rated Tynsel Parks as ‘outstanding’.

The report said: “Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. Good teaching and an engaging curriculum foster pupils’ highly positive attitudes to learning and underpin their good progress.

“From their starting points pupils make good progress over time and by the end of year four progress in reading is outstanding.”

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