YORKSHIRE has the highest level of pupils in the country who do not have access to a good education, according to a hard-hitting new report which reveals stark inequalties in the country’s education system.
Figures show more than 250,000 youngsters in the region – 40 per cent – attend schools or nurseries rated as inadequate or satisfactory – the lowest two Ofsted categories – worse than any other region in England.
There are four education authorities in Yorkshire in the bottom ten areas nationally out of 150 for the level of pupils attending a good or outstanding secondary school.
Barnsley has the highest level of pupils in the country not getting a good secondary education, with 14 per cent attending inadequate schools and another 40 per cent going to satisfactory ones.
Bradford is the second worst nationally. Although only three per cent of its secondary schools are rated as inadequate, another 46 are rated as satisfactory.
Doncaster and the East Riding are also in the bottom ten nationally, while Wakefield is in the bottom ten for the level of pupils attending a good or outstanding primary school.
The figures are contained in Ofsted’s national report which warns the chance of attending a good school is often too dependent on where youngsters live.
In his first annual report, Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw said England’s schools system must do better.