Standards slipping in Somerset's secondary schools
Almost half of secondary schools in Somerset fall short of the required standard according to Ofsted.
The government’s education watchdog has rated 44 per cent of secondary schools in the county as inadequate or requiring improvement.
A county council spokesman said: “Somerset County Council is committed to improving standards in secondary schools. We are currently working closely with the Somerset Association of Secondary Headteachers on the development of the Somerset Challenge to ensure that all our secondary students receive a high quality education.
“Somerset Challenge will be based on the London and Manchester Challenges, both of which led to significant improvements in those areas. Somerset County Council has also earmarked a significant sum of money to be invested with the aim of raising attainment in Somerset.”
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Crispin School in Street was among those deemed to “require improvement”. Head teacher Paul James said the rating came as a “real surprise” and that the school will strive to become outstanding.