Ofsted Inspection of Children's Services - Children, Schools and Families Committee Contents


Further supplementary memorandum submitted by Ofsted

  I was grateful for the opportunity to appear before Members and give evidence last month. The Committee's scrutiny is a key accountability mechanism for Ofsted, and I welcome the chance to respond to questions and present our view.

  I was asked by Derek Twigg for further detail on the proportion of children obtaining 5 A*-C grades at GCSE within the 8% of maintained schools in disadvantaged areas receiving an "outstanding" judgement (question 141).

  In the autumn term of 2009, there were 40 schools which serve the 20% of most deprived intakes that were found to be outstanding at their inspection. Of these, 11 are nursery schools and 12 are primary schools, and therefore cannot contribute to GSCE results. In addition, 12 are special schools. Of those schools, two do not have Key Stage 4 provision, 9 have no GCSE results, and one has 17% gaining 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE.

  That leaves only three secondary schools and two academies to consider. One of the academies did not have any pupils sitting GCSE exams in 2009. In the other four schools, the proportion of pupils achieving 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE in 2009 (based on validated data) was:

    — 62%

    — 72%

    — 83%

    — 96%

  The national average for the number of pupils gaining 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE was 68% in 2009.

Christine Gilbert CBE

HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills

April 2010





 
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