Local schools among the worst in Britain

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ALMOST two thirds of pupils in the Express area are receiving a poor education, according to Ofsted.

The education watchdog’s annual report for 2011/12, released last week, revealed figures on how schools performed.

Wakefield Council was among the five worst performing authorities, coming fourth from bottom in the national table of 150 authorities.

It showed that just over half of the district’s youngsters - 52 per cent - were attending a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ primary school between 2011 and 2012. The national average is 69 per cent.

But the figures showed that pupils in the south east of the district were actually worse off - with only seven out of 19 schools achieving ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ status.

Nine schools were deemed to be satisfactory, and three were classed as inadequate.

This meant 63 per cent of our children were not getting a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ education.

Hemsworth MP Jon Trickett said: “The children of our area deserve the very best possible education. There are many teachers, teaching assistants and heads who are working very hard within the local schools but the local education authority needs to get an understanding of what is going wrong and what they can do to make sure that standards improve. We cannot afford to fail our young children.”

The figures were taken from inspection reports made up until August 2012.

Jim Crook, Wakefield Council’s corporate director for family services, said Wakefield’s percentage of pupils attending good or outstanding primary schools was not good enough but that work was well underway to improve this performance.

He added: “We have been working extremely hard to tackle the issues and help our primary schools improve. This has already resulted in significantly better results this year and the current percentage of children now attending good’ or outstanding’ primary schools has risen to 58 per cent. We are absolutely determined to deliver the highest standard of education for our children and are committed to working with all schools to help them continue to improve.”