Annual Ofsted report rates Herefordshire primary schools as top in the West Midlands region

Ofsted’s annual report on children’s services and skills has recognised 96% of Herefordshire’s primary schools are rated as good or outstanding and found that the county also has the highest rate of improvement in the proportion of good or outstanding secondary schools in the West Midlands region.

The report outlines the national picture of the performance of early years, schools, further education and skills, and social care providers in England for 2019/20.

The significant key findings of the Ofsted report for Herefordshire schools compared to the rest of the West Midlands region are:

  • 96% of Herefordshire primary schools were judged as good or outstanding, resulting in Herefordshire topping the ratings table for the region
  • 80% of secondary school were rated as good or outstanding, putting Herefordshire in the top three Local Authorities in the West Midlands
  • Herefordshire schools came out joint top in the 2018/19 results in the West Midlands for the proportion of pupils reaching the expected standard in key stage 2 in reading, writing and maths.
  • Herefordshire remains well below regional and national levels for fixed period exclusions in secondary schools for 2018/19.

Councillor Felicity Norman, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said:

“This is very good news and we are delighted with the findings of the Ofsted annual report and it’s great to see Herefordshire’s primary schools coming out on top in the West Midlands results and our secondary schools coming third.

“Herefordshire Council recognises the importance of offering children and young people a high standard of education and the council works closely with schools across the county to deliver this.  We believe the high ratings are down to the passion of the staff working in education in the county.

“Although this Ofsted report mainly reflects our performance in schools during 2019/20, I know that the same school staff have continued to do their best to deliver a high level of learning in Herefordshire despite the exceptional circumstances caused by the pandemic and I would like to thank them all for their continued hard work and dedication.”

You can view a full copy of the Ofsted annual report 2019/20 for education, children’s services and skills on the Ofsted’s website.