A SCHOOLS watchdog has branded Wakefield Council one of the worst-performing local authorities in the country for providing top quality primary education.
The annual Ofsted report said Wakefield is fourth from bottom in the national table of 150 authorities, with only half the district’s youngsters – including those in the Five Towns – attending a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ primary school between 2011 and 2012.
Jim Crook, Wakefield Council’s corporate director for family services, said: “The performance shown in this table is clearly not good enough.
“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.”
Figures show only 52 per cent of youngsters in Wakefield district attend a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ primary school, while in Leeds and North Yorkshire the figure is 68 per cent – just below the national average of 69 per cent.
According to Ofsted’s new website Data View – which allows access to and the comparison of inspections into the performance of schools – 44 primary education providers in Wakefield are deemed ‘satisfactory’ and eight are ‘inadequate’.
In secondary education, Wakefield scored 64 per cent of pupils attending a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ school – just below the national average of 66 per cent.
Across the region more than 250,000 youngsters attend ‘satisfactory’ or ‘inadequate’ schools and nurseries.
Yorkshire will have its own Ofsted regional director to improve standards and the quality of education from January.