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Top rating again for York's Children's Services


1:23pm 7th December 2010

Independent inspectors, Oftsed, have again given City of York's Children's Services the highest possible rating of 'performing excellently' in the 2010 Annual Performance Assessment.

This assessment which is carried out on all authorities, bringing together judgements on the quality of schools, early years provision and wider children and young people's services. Importantly it also includes an essential assessment of the impact they are collectively having on the lives of children and young people in the city.

Peter Dwyer, director of Adults Children and Education, said

"York was one of only nine authorities nationally, and only two outside London, to achieve this highest rating in 2009 and to maintain a description of excellence is an endorsement of the quality of the work of staff across partners in the city. We are genuinely making progress in our quest to make York one of the very best places for all children and young people to grow up."

Ofsted said:

'The local authority has succeeded in maintaining the excellent performance of its services and has conducted a clear analysis of strengths and areas for further improvement. There is a clear commitment to 'narrowing the gap between pupils who are vulnerable to underachievement because of their circumstances.'

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