SCHOOLING standards in Solihull are continuing to rise, a new report has revealed.
According to the annual National HMCI Report by watchdog Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services (Ofsted) released last week, the number of children in ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ primary and secondary schools exceeds the national average.
The report revealed 93 per cent of borough primary pupils now attend top ranked schools – up from 75 per cent in 2012.
It also showed that 88 per cent of senior school students are in ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ schools, which is a marked increase from the 61 per cent of four years ago.
Commenting on the figures, cabinet member for children, education and skills, Coun Ken Meeson, said: “It is very pleasing to see the latest Annual Report from Ofsted which shows that 93 per cent of primary age pupils in Solihull were in a good or outstanding school for the 2015/16 academic year, compared to 90 per cent nationally.
“A number of primary schools have been inspected since September 2016 so this figure now stands at 98 per cent, which we are extremely proud of.
“In addition, 88 per cent of secondary pupils were in a good or outstanding school for the same period, compared to 78 per cent nationally.
“While this figure is slightly lower, it will vary according to the Ofsted cycle of inspections at a point in time.”
The report also revealed 88 per cent of secondary school students are now attending academies.
This is markedly higher than the 17 per cent of primary pupils in academy schools.
Coun Meeson added: “We have no schools in Special Measures and can be truly proud of our educational standards.
“We are not complacent however and will continue to work closely with our secondary schools and academies to ensure this improvement continues.”