ONE in four North-East schools inspected in the first three months of this year were found to be only satisfactory, rather than good or outstanding, figures show.
Statistics published by Ofsted revealed that 26 per cent of the 1,172 North-East schools visited by inspectors – 308 in total – between January and March were only satisfactory.
A further one per cent – 15 in total – were judged to be inadequate and either given notice to improve or put in special measures.
More than half (51 per cent) of all North-East schools inspected between January and March were classified as good, a total of 598 schools.
Another 21 per cent were classed as outstanding, a total of 251.
Darlington had the largest proportion of oustanding schools inspected (26 per cent), while Redcar and Cleveland had the lowest proportion of oustanding schools (19 per cent), along with Stockton.
Middlesbrough had the highest proportion of inadequate schools (four per cent), representing two schools out of 55 inspected in the area.
Out of 387 North Yorkshire schools inspected between January and March, 21 per cent were rated as outstanding, 56 per cent were rated as good, 23 per cent were graded as satisfactory and two per cent were rated as inadequate.
Nationally, 34 per cent of the 1,964 schools visited by inspectors – 658 in total – between January and March were only satisfactory.
A further 183 (nine per cent) were judged to be inadequate and either given notice to improve or put in special measures.
This figure is higher than the equivalent three months in the previous academic year when six per cent of schools inspected were found to be inadequate.
Ofsted said this is likely to be because, since January, schools have been inspected under a new regime.
Under the system, schools previously rated outstanding are now not routinely inspected and those considered good are visited less frequently.
It means that Ofsted is now inspecting more weaker schools, as well as good and outstanding schools where potential concerns have been previosuly identified.