Schools in Kirklees are officially among the best in Yorkshire.

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Almost nine out of ten primary and secondary schools across the district are rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted.

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Kirklees stands third in the whole of Yorkshire and Humber – a region which includes 15 local authorities – and also ranks above the national average.

It means that over 50,000 children and young people attend a good or outstanding school in Kirklees.

Ofsted data shows that Kirklees, with 89% of its schools rated good or outstanding, is performing better than the regional rate (82%) and the national rate (86%).

The figures are more good news for local children, young people and families as it was recently confirmed that Kirklees GCSE outcomes had again topped the national average.

Sarah Callaghan, Director for Children and Young People, said:

“We are very proud of the work that takes place across the Kirklees family of schools.

“We work closely and inclusively with all our schools – including those that are not Local Authority maintained – to secure the highest possible standards.

“It’s very pleasing that the talent and dedication of schools staff is being recognised by Ofsted, which is an independent national body, and that our figures for good and outstanding are almost at 90%.

“All the work we do in partnership with schools is designed to help children and young people fulfil their potential, whatever their personal starting point may be.

“The schools system is continuing to go through major change, both locally and nationally, but our commitment is to excellence in all aspects of education.

“Whether it’s a small infant and nursery school or a large secondary school, the common goals are to support children and families, equip young people with vital life skills and make sure they are rounded, resilient and ready for the next stage in their lives.”

The most recent Ofsted data shows that 70% of Kirklees primary and secondary schools are rated as good, while 19% are outstanding.

Sarah added:

“This is further proof that there is a huge amount to celebrate in our local system, but we will continue striving to achieve even higher.


“Schools change lives and I would like to thank all the people who make such a vital, life-enhancing contribution to the children, young people and families of Kirklees.”


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