Almost nine out of 10 schools in Norfolk now good or outstanding

Almost nine out of 10 schools in Norfolk are now rated good or outstanding. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA

Almost nine out of 10 schools in Norfolk are now rated good or outstanding. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The proportion of good or outstanding primary and secondary schools in Norfolk has jumped by more than a third in five years.

Data from June shows that 90pc of the county's primary schools and 84pc of its secondaries are now rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.

It means that the figures for both levels match or exceed national averages - 90pc for primaries and 79pc for secondaries - for the first time.

It marks a turnaround since 2012 - a 35pc point improvement for primary schools and 39pc for secondaries.

The overall figure for Norfolk, both primaries and secondaries, is 89pc.

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A spokeswoman for Norfolk Primary Headteachers' Association and Norfolk Secondary Education Leaders said: 'These improvements demonstrate the hard work and commitment of school staff and leaders in Norfolk in what has been quite a challenging year.

'Our thanks go to all our colleagues who work tirelessly to support learners of all abilities.

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'By working collaboratively we will continue to challenge and learn from one another and improve standards, so all Norfolk schools have the strong leadership, governance and teaching to create a bright future for our talented young people.'

In its annual report, published earlier this year, Ofsted's annual report ranked Norfolk as the fifth most improved local authority nationally for inspection outcomes in high schools.

School improvement programme Norfolk Better to Best, which was previously run by the council, is credited with much of the turnaround. This year, the scheme become a community interest company, the Viscount Nelson Education Trust.

Penny Carpenter, chairman of Norfolk County Council children's services committee, said: 'It's been another good year for Norfolk's schools. They have been able to build on the impressive improvements made over the last four years because of the passion of those working across education to do the very best for Norfolk's children.'

'When we developed our strategy to support school improvement we focused very much on supporting and challenging schools to improve Ofsted judgements because we know they reflect performance and progress across a school, for children of all abilities.'

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