The County Hall reception for outstanding schools
At the County Hall reception for outstanding schools, left to right, Ash Modi, assistant head at Toot Hill, Bingham, and head of school, Sandy Paley, with the chairman of the county council’s children and young people’s committee, Philip Owen, and Jonathan Cunliffe, head at Carnarvon Primary School.

Outstanding schools in Nottinghamshire have been praised for their commitment to educational excellence.

Heads and chairmen of governors from a dozen schools ranked outstanding by Ofsted — the inspection body’s top grading — attended a celebratory reception at County Hall.

The schools represented included Lowe’s Wong infants’, Southwell; Carnarvon primary and Toot Hill in Bingham; and Langar and Lowdham primaries. They are among 55 primary, secondary and special schools that have the outstanding rating.

The head at Lowe’s Wong Infants’ School, Southwell, Aly Speed, and (right) the chairman of governors, Sara Priestley, with councillor Philip Owen
The head at Lowe’s Wong Infants’ School, Southwell, Aly Speed, and (right) the chairman of governors, Sara Priestley, with councillor Philip Owen

Mr Philip Owen, chairman of the county council’s children and young people’s committee, told the reception: “It is reassuring that our outstanding schools are drawn from all over the county.

“As educators, you are ensuring that Notting-hamshire’s children secure the essential skills needed to allow all children and young people to achieve their potential.

“Your expectations are high and, as a result, you have been judged by Ofsted to be outstanding.

“I want to formally acknowledge the difference you are making in the lives of your children and young people — and in some cases, the lives of families and carers.”

Out of 337 schools in the county, 15% of primary schools are ranked outstanding, with 19% of secondary schools and nearly 60% of special schools.

“We recognise the vital importance that education plays in the life changes of our children and young people, particularly those who face disadvantage,” Mr Owen said.

“In our vision for Nottinghamshire over the coming years, we have recognised the role that great schools play in securing good educational outcomes for our children and young people.

“Education is key and as outstanding schools, I am increasingly aware of the work you are focusing on developing aspiration in all of our children and young people regardless of their social and ethnic backgrounds.

“What we are increasingly learning, however, is that fostering and nurturing aspiration is not, in itself, sufficient.

“Not only do our most disadvantaged young people need to be ambitious and aspirational, more importantly, they need to know how to realise these hopes and dreams for their futures.

“From a society and economic perspective, we need our young people to have secured skills and internalised the ambition to contribute positively to their society.

“I have thanked you for your curriculum and your engagement with underpinning work-ready skills, but I also want to encourage you to continue to explore ways that will allow our children and young people to develop the emotional resilience that is so essential to what makes for a successful and well-rounded individual.”