One-tenth of Portsmouth schools get lowest Ofsted rating

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NEW figures show that 10 per cent of schools in Portsmouth were rated inadequate in the past year.

Statistics released by Ofsted show one in 10 schools in the city received the lowest rating, with 16 per cent rated as ‘outstanding’, 38 per cent as ‘good’ and 35 per cent as ‘satisfactory’.

Meanwhile, in Hampshire, 24 per cent of schools were rated ‘outstanding’ in the past year, with 50 per cent rated as ‘good’, 22 per cent as ‘satisfactory’ and four per cent as ‘inadequate’.

Nationwide the figures show that schools are improving.

The figures have been released as Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education Children’s Services and Skills, bids to close the gap between standards of different authorities across the country.

Sir Michael said: ‘The inequities for local children are stark. This is completely unacceptable.

‘That’s why I intend, from January, to use Ofsted’s new regional structure to inquire further into areas that are performing badly.

‘We need to find out what is happening, and inspect where necessary. We will also work with local areas to support them and help them link up with best practice.’

Nationally, 20 per cent of schools have been rated ‘outstanding’. Portsmouth City Council is rated 145th out of 152 local authorities for primary schools across the country.

Meanwhile, Hampshire County Council is rated 38th best across the country for primary schools.

West Sussex County Council was rated the 75th best authority across the country with 70 per cent of pupils attending ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ primary schools.