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Government watchdog says Surrey’s children’s services are performing well

Context:

Ofsted has this week said Surrey’s children’s services are “performing well” in an assessment of the department.

In its annual report on the council’s performance, the watchdog said:

  • Almost all the children’s services the council provides are “good or outstanding”
  • Most primary schools are “good or outstanding”
  • Most secondary schools are “good or outstanding”
  • The vast majority of early years education in nursery schools is “good or outstanding”
  • Most special schools and pupil referral units are “good or outstanding”
  • All arrangements for adoption and fostering are “good or outstanding”
  • Surrey is “good at keeping children and young people safe”

Quote:

Mary Angell, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “We work extremely hard to help provide Surrey children with the best possible start in life and this report provides real evidence that we are getting it right in so many ways.

“The success is testament to the dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism of our staff who we are very proud of. However, there is always more we can do and our determination to make further progress remains as great as ever.”

Further information:

Ofsted’s assessment of children’s services across the country rates councils as performing poorly, adequately, well or excellently. Surrey is judged to be performing well.

The county council is responsible for some 400 schools and about 140,000 pupils.

ENDS

For more information journalists can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley at james.oxley@surreycc.gov.uk

Notes to editors

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education.

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