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Dorset Best In The South West For Primary Schools

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3:55pm 19th December 2013

Nine out of ten primary school pupils in Dorset go to a school which is rated as either good or outstanding.

The figures come from the latest Ofsted report which also ranks Dorset first for primary schools in the entire South West.

The report did highlight areas for improvement which include making sure that more pupils who are eligible for free schools meals gain at least 5 good GCSE's.

Cllr Toni Coombs, Cabinet member for education at Dorset County Council, said:

"We're very proud of our schools in Dorset and have always prided ourselves on the fact that such a high number of our schools are either good or outstanding. It is due to the dedication of school staff and governors that our children can attend good schools.

The report did highlight areas for improvement, including making sure that more pupils who are eligible for free school meals gain at least five good GCSEs.

Cllr Coombs added:

"We are never complacent and know that more needs to be done to help pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve a range of good qualifications when they finish secondary school or college. As the local education authority, we have a good working relationship with our schools and I'm confident that together we can ensure that all pupils can achieve well."

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