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Bristol schools show improvement in inspections

11/07/2013 Joanna
Primary and secondary teachers at several Bristol schools have helped to raise standards there, a recent set of inspections by Ofsted has revealed.

The education watchdog decided to visit 15 schools in the city based on figures from December 2012, when 32 per cent of schools there had been rated as less than good, compared to a national average of 26 per cent and a regional average of 22 per cent for the south-west.

Ofsted wanted to discern why schools in Bristol appeared to compare poorly with those in cities of similar sizes and demographics, such as Southampton, Brighton and Plymouth.

However, the inspections revealed that ten of the schools visited by the watchdog had improved since their last inspection, while four others showed no change; the report for the remaining school is under review at time of writing.

St Patrick's Catholic Primary School in Redfield was rated outstanding, with a further ten being deemed good and three considered unsatisfactory.

Michelle Marshall, head teacher at St Patrick's, told the Bristol Post: "Everyone is delighted and proud.

"The report acknowledges the children and their contribution and achievements - without them we could not have achieved outstanding. We have built on previous strong foundations."

Bristol City Council had disputed Ofsted's prior assessment of the overall standard of schools in Bristol as out of date, with the number of schools in the city rated as less than good having fallen to 28 per cent by the end of May.

Council spokesperson Angie Burton told the Post: "We are pleased that the reports published so far show continuing improvement in Bristol schools."

She added that the local authority recognised the work of pupils and staff in teaching jobs at the 14 schools visited and would continue to support all schools in the city in their efforts to deliver a high standard of education.

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