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Cornish schools top of the class say inspectors

By WMNlynbarton  |  Posted: December 11, 2013

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Ofsted says 80 per cent of pupils in Cornwall attend a good or outstanding school

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Cornwall is beating the national average with more than 80 per cent of children attending good or outstanding secondary and primary schools.

According to the latest report from schools inspection service Ofsted, 82 per cent of children are attending top secondary schools, compared to 75 per cent nationally.

Meanwhile, 80per cent are attending good or outstanding primary schools, compared to 77per cent nationally.

The findings, which place Cornwall among the top half of local authorities in the country, have been welcomed by Andrew Wallis, the council’s cabinet member for children and young people.

“The council works closely with headteachers and governors at all schools to ensure that children in Cornwall are provided with the best possible quality of education,” he said.

“It is good to see that more than 80per cent of our children are attending good or outstanding schools and I would like to thank governors, headteachers and staff for their hard work and commitment.”

Mr Wallis said the council and schools had no intention of resting on their laurels and new initiatives had been launched to improve standards of education even further.

“While I obviously welcome this positive report, there is no room for complacency.

“Last week we formally launched the new Cornwall Raising Aspirations and Achievement Strategy which is aimed at ensuring all children and young people in Cornwall are given the best possible start in life.

“This means providing access to the highest quality education opportunities and raising the aspirations of both the young people and their families to encourage them to achieve beyond their expected potential.

“We will be continuing to work with schools to ensure that we see continued improvements in standards and increased rates of progress made by children in Cornwall.”

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