Date Published: 17 July 2018
Rutland County Council is one of only five local authorities in the country to have all of its 22 state-funded schools rated as either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
The results mean that Rutland’s provision is on a par with City of London (which has 1 state-funded school), Harrow (62), Westminster (61) and Kensington and Chelsea (40).
Additionally, all of Rutland’s Early Years providers who have been inspected are also judged good or better.
“Choosing where your children go to school is one of the biggest decisions that we make as parents. It’s never easy but I hope parents and carers will take confidence from Ofsted findings that show all children in Rutland are learning in ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ surroundings, wherever they go to school. This fantastic achievement is the result of a huge amount of work by heads of schools, teachers, governors and pupils, together with the Council’s Learning and Skills Service – all of whom should feel extremely proud.”
Councillor David Wilby, Portfolio Holder for Education
“It’s fantastic to note the success that is being enjoyed by our schools and Early Years providers. Long-term planning and effective partnership working between the local authority, schools and other education settings has been crucial to achieving this. All our schools, whether maintained by the council or single or multi-academy trusts, contribute to Rutland’s self-improving school-led system. This spirit of positive collaboration sits at the heart of Rutland’s Education Framework, which is focused on delivering sustained improvement in education and making sure that every individual can reach their full potential. Ultimately, we want all schools to be viewed as ‘outstanding’, not just in terms of their Ofsted judgement but also in the eyes of learners, staff, families and wider the community.”
Dr Tim O’Neill, Strategic Director for People Services
In addition to its strong schools performance, Rutland is in the top 10% of Local Authorities in the country for children achieving their Early Learning Goals.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years old.
One of Rutland’s Lead Practitioners, Jo Ward (who is also Manager and Early Years Teacher at Casterton Childcare Centre), reflected on the centre’s recent ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating.
“It recognises all the hard work that goes into creating a happy learning environment for the children in our care. We strive to engage them, continuously improving our practice to meet all of their needs. Rutland is a small county, therefore all EYFS childcare providers know each other and are willing to share ideas and good practice. I love working within such a close group of professionals that I can call upon whenever I may need help or support.”
Jo Ward, Manager and Early Years Teacher at Casterton Childcare Centre
For more information about education in Rutland, please see our Learning and Skills pages.