Ofsted has published its inspection report of Merton Council’s performance as LEA (Local Education Authority).
The report is extremely positive about the work of the LEA in supporting and challenging its schools to raise standards.
‘This is good news for children and parents.’ said Council Leader, Councillor Peter Holt.
He added: ‘I am particularly pleased that, in addition to the many areas which Her Majesty’s Inspectors considered to be satisfactory, the report highlights 15 areas in which the Council and schools have done well or particularly well.
‘There are only four areas where improvements need to be made. We were aware of these areas and work is already in hand to make sure that they are brought up to match the high standards of the rest of the education service.’
The Council’s Cabinet Members with responsibility for Education, Councillors Maxi Martin and Karl Carter, and Schools Reorganisation, Councillor Danny Connellan, were also excited by the positive Ofsted report.
They said: ‘It is good news for residents, parents, children, govenors and teachers throughout Merton and it pays tribute to those who have worked so hard to achieve such a ringing endorsement from Ofsted. It also proves that the Council’s long held determination to develop and improve standards in schools, is working.’
Jenny Cairns, Director of Education, Leisure and Libraries, said: ‘This report is a tribute to the commitment and hard work of all involved in providing a schools service in Merton.
‘With major schools reorganisation on the horizon we have a time of great change ahead of us. I am delighted that the inspectors have judged that Merton Council and its schools are well placed to continue to raise the standards achieved by pupils in Merton’s schools both during and after the reorganisation.’
Copies of the report can be found in all Merton public libraries or on request from Merton Council. A copy can also be downloaded from the Ofsted website (www.ofsted.gov.uk).