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Brighton Journal | 20th February 2020

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Brighton Secondary Schools Join Ofsted ‘Elite’

Brighton Secondary Schools Join Ofsted ‘Elite’
Hannah Midgley

In fantastic news for Brighton and Hove’s youngsters, the city’s secondary schools have joined what is described as Ofsted’s ‘elite’ group of authorities from across the country.


This elite status is only applicable to those authorities where every child living within the area has the opportunity to attend a school that has been described as ‘good’, or above, in Ofsted reports. All of the city’s ten secondary school have at least reached this status, making Brighton one of only 26 out of 150 local authorities nationwide. There is no doubt that this is fantastic for both the reputation of Brighton’s education system, and of course the young people of the city.


Councillor Dan Chapman, who chairs the Brighton & Hove City Council’s children, young people and skills committee, has commented on this fantastic achievement:


“This is about more than about academic achievements. It shows that pupils across our city are able to thrive and reach their potential in our schools.


“It’s also a tribute to the work of the city’s Education Partnership, which encourages schools to work more and more closely with each other to raise standards and make Brighton and Hove the best place in the country to grow up in.


“The council’s education team also plays a key role in the Partnership advising schools on improvement strategies and also on supporting schools when they need it. Today’s news shows that this collaborative approach is paying dividends. I am really proud of our family of schools.”


The chair of the city’s secondary headteacher group, John McKee of Patcham High, has also offered comment:


“All our secondary schools are passionately committed to changing students’ lives and transforming their futures. We believe that we have a collective responsibility for all students in the city, not just those in our own schools.


“Good schools are stronger when they work together and our partnership ensures that we achieve more through joint practice development and collaboration for the benefit of every young person in Brighton & Hove.”

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