'People need to ask some serious questions' - Ofsted report puts Bexley secondary schools near bottom of the pile
PUBLISHED: 13:46 01 December 2016 | UPDATED: 10:44 05 December 2016
But it's good news for the borough's primary schools
The standard of the borough’s secondary schools has plummeted, according to new Ofsted figures released today (Thursday).
Nearly a quarter of secondary schools in Bexley failed to be rated either good or outstanding in 2016, a rise of seven per cent on last year, according to the school’s inspectorate.
Only Havering and Lewisham were ranked lower in the London-wide table.
London’s director at Ofsted, Mike Sheridan admitted he was worried about Bexley’s secondary education.
“Some of the secondary schools are facing big challenges, we’ve got some fantastic secondary schools in Bexley and we’ve got grammar schools.
“But there are also some really poor performing schools and that’s not acceptable.
“They need to look long and hard at themselves.
“I think the people of Bexley should be asking some serious questions about some of the schools in their borough.
“You look at the history of some of these schools and they are not being moved forward.
“The main challenge now is not to dither, and make sure each school is working to improve.
“We focus our energy on schools that are less than good at inspections, and we’ll continue to keep working with leaders to help improve.
“I don’t think any school aims to be inadequate, what we need to do is make sure heads are getting the best advice to continue to improving.”
Painting a brighter picture, primary school performance has been rated one of the best in the country.
Since 2012, the number of good or outstanding schools has risen by more than 30 per cent, currently sitting at 96 per cent.
The rating puts Bexley in the top 20 local authorities in the country.
There are just two schools currently listed as requiring improvement.
A Bexley council spokesperson reacted to the report: “Bexley’s primary schools have made some fantastic progress and we are very proud to have their success recognised in the report.
“It is of course disappointing to have fewer secondary aged pupils currently attending a good or outstanding school. As academies our secondary schools are autonomous.
“Although we are unable to take direct action, together with partner schools and the regional schools commissioner, we are already working closely with schools that have been judged less than good to ensure rapid improvement for the interests of our young people.”