The head of OfSted has branded education provision in Northamptonshire ‘Second Class.’
Sir Michael Wilshaw’s comments come as the watchdog’s regional head also complains about poor standards.
Sir Michael – Ofsted’s Chief Inspector of Schools – says the county is one of the worst-performing local authority areas in a range of key indicators.
Only 59% of disadvantaged pupils in the county achieved the expected standards in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of primary school.
That compares to 66% nationally.
Sir Michael’s comments come on the same day that Ofsted s Regional Director published an open letter to all those responsible for education in Northamptonshire.
In it, Chris Russell, sets out his deep concerns about the low levels of achievement across the county.