Ofsted rates Camden primary schools among best in England but secondaries lag behind

Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw. Picture: Joe Giddens

Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw. Picture: Joe Giddens - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Camden’s primary schools are among the best performing in England – but its secondary schools are still lagging behind neighbouring London boroughs, Ofsted’s annual report reveals today.

Nearly all of the borough’s state primary schools are rated “good” or “outstanding” by the government’s education watchdog, ranking the borough fourth in England for primary school performance in its annual report for 2014/2015.

But Camden ranks much lower for state secondary school performance, coming 61st in the country with 82 per cent of schools rated “good” or above by Ofsted.

By comparison, Haringey is ranked joint first in England for its secondaries, with all schools rated “good” or “outstanding”.

The borough was singled out for praise by Ofsted’s chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw in his fourth annual report.

But its primaries are less high-achieving, with 87 per cent of schools rated in the top two categories. It ranks 63rd in the country.

In Barnet, 88 per cent of secondary schools Barnet are rated highly by the watchdog, with the borough ranked 35th in the country.

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Barnet also performs well at primary school level, with Ofsted ranking the local authority 12th in England.

But all boroughs were safe from being singled out by Sir Michael as failing to give children a fair chance of achieving a place at a “good” or “outstanding” school.

He identified 16 local authorities where less than 60 per cent of children attend top-performing secondary schools, with the majority of these in the north and midlands.

Cllr Angela Mason, cabinet member for children said: “We are delighted that our primary schools are rated as fourth in the country and first in central London for the percentage of pupils in good or better primary schools. There is currently only one primary school that is judged to be less than good and this is being supported to become good by the end of the year.

“No secondary schools were inspected in 2014 to 2015 and so the percentage of pupils in good or better schools remains the same as in the previous year. The two schools that are not yet good are making strong progress, and with their determined leadership we expect them to become ‘good’ and moving towards outstanding in the coming year.”