NINE out of ten schools in Kent are rated in Ofsted’s top two bands of performance.

Research by Kent County Council has revealed this month that 91 per cent of both primary and secondary schools were rated as either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.

Ofsted carries out inspections of all state schools and some independent schools on behalf of the government.

There are four grades schools receive in reports with the highest two, ‘outstanding’ and ‘good’, awarded to 89 per cent of schools nationally.

Patrick Leeson, County Hall’s Director of Education, said: “Kent has more good and outstanding schools than the national average.

“And the overall percentage of outstanding schools in Kent, at 22 per cent, is the same as the national average.

“This means that 10,181 more pupils attend a good or outstanding school compared to this time last year, including 7,351 primary pupils and 2,887 secondary pupils.

“The trend over time continues to be a good rate of improvement.

“We expect the positive improvement trend to continue towards our ambitious target of at
least 95 per cent of primary and secondary schools to be judged good or outstanding in the next year or two.

“I would like to thank all the governors and senior leadership teams who continue to work so hard to ensure every child goes to a good school.”