Top Ofsted rating for two schools

PUBLISHED: 13:00 03 December 2010

Two schools in North Somerset were judged outstanding by inspectors in the past year

Two schools in North Somerset were judged outstanding by inspectors in the past year

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TWO North Somerset schools out of 21 inspected by Ofsted in the last year have been judged as outstanding, the education watchdog has revealed.

Both St Mark’s Church of England School in Weston and Yatton Infants School were given the top seal of approval in the latest round of inspections.

Ofsted published its annual report last week which states that there is strong provision in the education and skills sector.

A spokesman for North Somerset Council said it was pleased with how the district faired.

He added: “In North Somerset we have a higher percentage of good and outstanding schools than the national average.”

In the county 17 per cent of the schools are currently judged as outstanding, compared to the national average of 11 per cent, and 59 per cent have been rated as good, compared to a 42 per cent national average.

In total 13 schools in the district are outstanding and 46 are good.

Helen Bath, headteacher at St Mark’s, said: “The staff, governors, children and parents were thrilled with the outstanding status achieved in both our Ofsted and church school inspections.

“The secret to our success is everybody having a really clear set of values and wanting the children to have the best quality of education we can provide – it is a whole team approach.”

Janet Lamb, deputy headteacher of Yatton Infants, said: “The whole school community is absolutely delighted to have been judged as outstanding by Ofsted.

“We couldn’t have achieved this without the hard work and commitment of staff and governors, our fantastic children and the great support of their parents.

“This judgement gives us the motivation to continue in our drive to improve the learning experience for all our children.”

Ofsted said its 2009/10 inspections focused more closely on the front-line of services and in schools and colleges, inspectors spent more time in the classroom observing lessons.

Christine Gilbert, chief inspector of education, children’s services and skills, said: “This level of success does not just happen by chance, it is the result of high expectations linked with dedication and serious commitment.”

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