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City schools making the grade

Published Tuesday, 05 November 2019

Coventry has higher than the national average of good or outstanding schools in every category, with almost 95% of primary schools in Ofsted’s highest two ratings.

The latest published data shows 94.8% of the city’s primary schools were rated good or outstanding in their most recent Ofsted inspection. Nationally the rate is 87%.

For secondary schools in Coventry the figure is 83.5% versus 80% nationally.

And every single special school in Coventry is rated good or outstanding. The figure nationally is 93%.

Coventry also performs better than its statistical neighbours. A statistical neighbour is a local authority with similar socio-economic characteristics and is used as a useful way of benchmarking progress.

Coventry’s neighbours have 85% of primary schools rated good or outstanding, 76% of secondary schools and 93% of special schools.

Cllr Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “We believe every pupil in Coventry should have access to the best education.

“I’m delighted our schools are performing so well. We have an effective collaborative approach with our school networks to support improvement and the results are hugely encouraging.”

It has also been a summer of success with the majority of Coventry schools either improving on last year’s A-level results or performing as well as last year, with some schools gaining their best A-Level results ever. 

While at GCSE citywide improvements were recorded in:

  • Attainment 8 (results across 8 subjects) – up by 0.1 points in line with national increase
  • Strong pass (grades 9-5) in English and Maths combined – up by 0.2 ppts closing the gap with national by 0.5ppts as the national rate was down by 0.3ppts
  • Strong pass (grades 9-5) in English - up by 0.6 ppts, higher than national increase of 0.4ppts
  • Standard pass (grades 9-4) in English – up by 0.7 ppts, higher than national increase of 0.5ppts

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