There has never been a better time to be a pupil in Wolverhampton, with more young people now studying at schools rated Good or Outstanding than ever before.
Latest data from Ofsted shows 86% of secondary, primary, nursery and secondary schools now hold one of the top two inspection rankings – up from just two thirds of schools barely three years ago.
And that figure is set to rise even higher, with the City of Wolverhampton Council committed to helping local schools improve still further.
Councillor Claire Darke, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “Make no mistake about it – there has never been a better time to be a pupil at one of our City’s schools.
“Wolverhampton has more Good and Outstanding rated schools than ever before, with more than four fifths holding one of the top two grades, and by supporting schools to raise standards even higher, we expect the proportion of schools recording better outcomes to increase in the coming months.
“These improvements are down to the hard work of school leaders, teachers, governors, pupils and parents, and also thanks to the challenge and support given
by the council’s School Standards Service; indeed last year, Wolverhampton was among the top 20% of most improved authorities in the country for secondary
The improvement in school rankings is being replicated in outcomes for pupils, with improved results across the board – at Early Years Foundation Stage, in Phonics and at Key Stages 1 and 2, in GCSEs and post-16.
Last year, 52% of pupils achieved five or A* to C GCSEs including English and Maths, making Wolverhampton the most improved authority in the West Midlands.
Early indications are that outcomes have increased again in 2017.
Councillor Darke continued: “We are creating an education system in Wolverhampton that promotes the very highest standards for all our children and young people, an education system which closes the attainment gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’, and most importantly an education system which enables every pupil to reach their full potential.
We want outcomes for our young people to be the very best they possibly can, and for educational attainment in Wolverhampton to be not only the best in the Black Country but also among the best nationwide.
“We are determined to continue the rapid progress we are making, but the message is clear; with excellent schools, teachers and leaders and best ever
outcomes for pupils, there has never been a better time to go to school in Wolverhampton.”
Wolverhampton has 20 secondary schools, including three local authority maintained schools and a mix of academies and free schools.
Many have either been totally rebuilt or modernised in recent years thanks to the City of Wolverhampton Council’s £270m Building Schools for the Future programme, which has transformed secondary education facilities in the city.
Ofsted defines an outstanding school as being “highly effective in delivering outcomes that provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs.
This ensures that pupils are very well equipped for the next stage of their education, training or employment.” A good school is “effective in delivering outcomes that provide well for all its pupils’ needs.
Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education, training or employment”.
To find out more about the fantastic education opportunities in Wolverhampton, visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/education