Council praise for county's teaching staff
A senior Cornwall councillor has praised teachers and governors for their "hard work and commitment" after four out of five pupils in the county were found to be in "good or outstanding" schools.
In its annual report this week, Ofsted said 82% of children in the county were attending good or outstanding secondary schools, compared to 75% nationally.
Overall 80% of pupils were also in good or outstanding primary schools, again above the national average of 77%.
It put Cornwall among the top half of local authorities in the country – a position welcomed by Councillor Andrew Wallis, Cabinet member for children and young people.
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"The council works closely with headteachers and governors at all schools to ensure that children in Cornwall are provided with the best possible quality of education," he said. "It is good to see that more than 80% of our children are attending good or outstanding schools and I would like to thank governors, head teachers and staff for their hard work and commitment."
He added: "While I obviously welcome this positive report, there is no room for complacency. Last week we launched the new Cornwall Raising Aspirations and Achievement Strategy, which is aimed at ensuring all children and young people in Cornwall are given the best possible start in life.
"This means providing access to the highest-quality education opportunities and raising the aspirations of both the young people and their families to encourage them to achieve beyond their expected potential. We will be continuing to work with schools to ensure we see continued improvements in standards and increased rates of progress."