Poor ranking for county’s secondary schools by Ofsted

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Secondary schools in West Sussex have ranked in the bottom four for the South East in Ofsted’s annual report released this week.

The national league table indicates that 67 per cent of pupils in the county are attending good or outstanding secondary schools in the region.

Surrey are at 69 per cent, Kent at 70 per cent, East Sussex at 78 per cent and Hampshire in the top three at 79 per cent.

Brighton and Hove ranked just below West Sussex at 60 per cent with Portsmouth at the bottom with a dismal 34 per cent.

On the flip side, West Sussex’s primary schools performed much more strongly at tenth position with 70 per cent of pupils at good or outstanding establishments.

A spokesperson for West Sussex County Council responded: “We share Ofsted’s commitment to seeing the best possible learning opportunitiesfor all children.

“The report will be studied with interest by all our schools and we are pleased that Ofsted has reported improvements in both leadership and teaching.

“There is certainly no complacency on our part or that of the leadership teams and teachers in our schools, and can assure parents that we share Ofsted’s ideal of competing with the best in the world”

For full details visit http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/statistics