174,000 Hertfordshire pupils taught in 'good' or 'outstanding' schools
Over 90 per cent of Hertfordshire schools have been rated 'good' or 'outstanding' by Ofsted.
Of the 529 maintained schools in Hertfordshire which have been inspected by Ofsted up to August 2017 (82 secondary, 400 primary, 14 nursery, 25 special schools, eight Education Support Centres), 91.7 per cent are rated as good or outstanding.
This means that an additional 34,500 pupils in the county are now being taught in good and outstanding schools since September 2013.
The total number of pupils now at good and outstanding schools in Hertfordshire is approximately 174,000.
Terry Douris, cabinet member for education, said: “Hertfordshire has some of the best education facilities in the UK, so this figure is an excellent testament to the hard work of school leaders, teachers and governing bodies.
“We will continue to work with the county’s schools to maintain and improve on these fantastic results.”
He also highlighted the role played by Herts for Learning Ltd, a not-for-profit education company owned by Hertfordshire schools and Hertfordshire County Council which is dedicated to raising standards and improving teaching and learning.
Mr Douris added: “Ensuring that young people throughout the county get the best possible start in life is of paramount importance to the council.
“The school improvement support available from Herts for Learning, the UK’s largest schools’ company, is second to none.”
Karen James, headteacher at Ludwick Nursery School in Welwyn Garden City, said: “We want to offer children the best start to life in partnership with their families.
“We know that high quality early education impacts on children’s life chances.
“It is a glowing tribute to the professionalism of the staff at our school that we have retained an Outstanding grade following the inspection by Ofsted for the fourth consecutive time in ten years.
“Hertfordshire is very fortunate to have 14 maintained nursery schools which are supported by Hertfordshire County Council’s commitment to offer excellent early years provision.
“The backing of the council has enabled Ludwick Nursery School to develop as a national teaching School and children’s centre lead agency.
“We have been supported by consultancy, specialist advice, training and ongoing professional development opportunities for all staff and Governors.”