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Some of our schools "do not meet required standard" admits county council

Gloucestershire County Council has formally recognised that some of the county's schools "do not meet the required standard to deliver a high-quality education."

A report has been commissioned and presented to the Children and Families Scrutiny committee later in the year.

Ofsted have appraised 348 schools in Gloucestershire, of which eight are listed as being inadequate while 29 require improvement.

According to Ofsted, who mark on a four-point scale, 61 schools are listed as outstanding, with the remaining 250 marked as good.

At the county council meeting at the end of June, councillors agreed to look more closely and the quality of education in the county's schools.

A motion proposed by councillor Lesley Williams MBE, leader of the Labour group, gained cross-chamber support.

The motion asked for the cabinet member to provide a report to the committee on the attainment and achievement of students in the county.


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It will analyse the provision by home district and division and will form the basis of the county council's response to the changing need of schools across Gloucestershire.

Cllr Williams said, "Making sure every child in the county has access to a good standard of education is important.

"They are our future and we must look after them, so I am very pleased that the county council supported my motion."

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member for education, said, "The quality of education in the county determines how prepared our youngest residents are for the future.

"We need to make sure every child receives the same starting point and the same opportunities to flourish.

"I am happy to look into this further and report back to scrutiny."

Cllr Eva Ward, Green group representative at Gloucestershire County Council, said, "We were pleased to support this timely motion and the opportunity to examine both the quality of education for all Gloucestershire children and equality of provision across the county."

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