HARTLEPOOL has some of the lowest rates of students attending “good or outstanding” secondary schools in the country, according to Ofsted.
The information from the education watchdog ranks the town second bottom to the Isle of Wight, with just 35 per cent of youngsters in what it describes as “good or outstanding” secondary schools or academies.
Haringey, in London, was top with 100 per cent.
However, the same report reveals the town has some of the highest rates of children in “good or oustanding” primary schools, with 89 per cent.
Camden, in London, was top with 98 per cent, and Medway, in Kent, bottom, with 53 per cent.
A council spokesman said: “Our number one priority as a local authority is to focus our efforts and investment into making sure that every child in Hartlepool can attend a good or outstanding school.
“As a council we are investing £1.6 million into driving up education standards and we are working closely with all secondary schools to ensure every child has the opportunity to be the best that they can be.
“Our progress figures for English from primary to secondary schools are the highest we have ever had and, in a year when national GCSE results were down by 6 per cent, the three secondary schools in Hartlepool that have not yet been judged by Ofsted to be good or outstanding improved their GCSE results by up to eight per cent.
“We are confident we are on a journey of improvement and that all secondary schools in Hartlepool will be rated good or outstanding within the next twelve to eighteen months.”