Dec 6 2012 by Ian Proctor, Harrow Observer
YOUNGER pupils in Harrow are getting a great education because the borough boasts more ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ primary schools than almost anywhere else in England, a report reveals.
Of the area’s 47 state primaries, 41 have earned the highest or second highest inspection rating from education inspector Ofsted.
This equates to 89 per cent – the sixth best out of all the local education authorities in the country.
In comparison, Brent is way down on the list at just 66 per cent, according the annual report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills.
Harrow Council’s portfolio holder for children, schools and families, Councillor Mitzi Green (Labour), said: “This is a remarkable achievement. I am very proud of the hard work carried out by all of the staff involved.
“The hard work of teachers in all of our schools, with the support of parents and the community, has resulted in an excellent education system for our young people, and our schools deserve this recognition.”
Her Conservative shadow, Councillor Janet Mote, said: “We have known for many years that Harrow is served by a number of excellent schools, and this new report proves that to be the case.
“Congratulations are due to the staff and pupils of all our schools.”
A Brent Council spokeswoman said: “For our primary schools, two thirds are good or outstanding, which is below the London average but compares reasonably well with similar boroughs.
“This reflects our positive work with schools which are facing challenges to help headteachers and governors improve standards, but clearly we’re not satisfied because we want all children in our borough to be in good or outstanding schools – and we will work closely with schools to achieve this.”
Neighbouring borough Barnet scored 91 per cent. Camden was the best local education authority in England, with 92 per cent of its primaries rated at least ‘good’.