UPDATE: Council refutes Ofsted figures putting Bromley primary schools amongst the worst in London
PUBLISHED: 14:30 06 December 2016 | UPDATED: 13:06 07 December 2016
Primary schools are among the country's best for statutory assessment, argued the council
The gap between the quality of Bromley’s secondary and primary schools has shortened, according to new figures.
Schools’ inspectorate Ofsted revealed 95 per cent of Bromley’s secondary schools are rated good or outstanding.
The figure is a fall on 2015, when the borough achieved 100 per cent for secondary education.
“Bromley’s secondary schools are doing really well, the big challenge now is not letting those standards slip” explained Ofsted’s London director, Mike Sheridan.
But despite an increase of seven per cent, the borough’s primary schools are still lagging behind other London boroughs.
With 84 per cent of its schools now achieving the top two rankings, Bromley sits third from bottom in the London table for primary school performance.
Only Croydon and Havering have lower scores.
“None of the primary schools are rated inadequate in Bromley, and there are nine that require improvement” said Mr Sheridan.
“This means some of the children that need great teaching every single day, aren’t getting it.”
“There are 3,700 children who aren’t doing as well as they could - I wouldn’t want my kids learning in these schools - but education can improve by having great leaders.”
Despite the lower score compared to secondaries, all of the Bromley schools to be rated outstanding in the past year were primary schools.
Meanwhile Bromley council has knocked back some of Ofsted’s primary school figures.
“The majority of schools not currently judged good or better were given their judgements in 2013/2014, most are now academies and have ont been re-inspected” explained councillor education Peter Fortune.
“The fact we have a higher percentage of schools not in a good or outstanding Ofsted category belies the fact that collectively our primary and secondary schools perform better than the national figures against all indicators.
“Historically Bromley has been a high attaining authority. This position was maintained in 2016 when, for pupils at the end of KS1 and KS2, there were higher expectations for what they should have learned and how they were to be assessed. Bromley was in the top ten local authorities in the country for the statutory assessments at the end of every phase of primary school.”
With school standards improving, Mr Sheridan added: “The challenge Bromley faces is not becoming complacent, because it has traditionally done well. On the whole if schools become complacent its children from poorer backgrounds who don’t do as well.”