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York praised for children's services

York city council

12:01am 8th November 2011
(Updated 12:35pm 8th November 2011)

York's Children's Services have been graded as 'excellent' for the fourth year running by Ofsted.

We've been awarded 4 stars every year since the assessment started back in 2008.

We're the only local authority outside London to be consistently given top marks.

Statement for City of York Council

City of York's Children's Services have once again been assessed as 'excellent' by independent inspectors Ofsted.

The annual assessment measures pulls together the results of other inspections of schools, early years settings, fostering/adoption services and residential care and as well as assessing the impact the council's services are collectively having on the lives of children and young people in the city.

York has been awarded four stars (excellent) since the assessment's inception in 2008; the only local authority outside London to be consistently awarded top marks during the lifetime of the assessment.

In their report, Ofsted said:

"Children's services in City of York Council continue to perform excellently. This high performance has been sustained from 2010 to 2011.

"The large majority of services and settings inspected by Ofsted are good or better overall and the very large majority provide high quality support to help children and young people learn and stay safe."

Councillor Ruth Potter, Cabinet member for Education, Children and Young People's Services, said:

"I'm delighted that our services for children and young people in York have once again been rated as amongst the very best in the country.

"I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous commitment of staff across the service whose contribution is the basis for achieving this type of excellence."

Peter Dwyer, director of Adults Children and Education, said

"To achieve this highest rating and to maintain a description of excellence for four years is an endorsement of the quality of the work of staff across partners in the city.

"We really are making progress towards making York one of the very best places for all children and young people to grow up."

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