All Brighton and Hove secondary schools rated ‘good’ by Ofsted

Longhill High School, Brighton
Longhill High School, Brighton

Every child in Brighton and Hove can now attend a ‘good’ secondary school after Longhill High was praised for improvements by Ofsted this month.

Brighton and Hove City Council said all 10 of the city’s secondaries now hold ‘good’ judgments by the education watchdog.

Cllr Daniel Chapman is the chair of the children's committee

Cllr Daniel Chapman is the chair of the children's committee

The schools are: Dorothy Stringer High School; Varndean School; Longhill High School; Cardinal Newman Catholic School; Blatchington Mill School and Sixth Form College; Patcham High School; Hove Park School and Sixth Form Centre; Portslade Aldridge Community Academy; Brighton Aldridge Community Academy; and Kings School.

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However, none hold the top rating ‘outstanding’, although sixth form college BHASVIC does.

Cllr Dan Chapman, chair of Brighton and Hove City Council’s children, young people and skills committee, said: “We’re now one of only 26 local authorities out of 150 nationally where all children can attend a good secondary school.

“Being part of such an elite group of councils is a great achievement.

“This is about more than about academic achievements. It shows that pupils across our city are able to thrive and reach their potential in our schools.

“It’s also a tribute to the work of the city’s Education Partnership, which encourages schools to work more and more closely with each other to raise standards and make Brighton and Hove the best place in the country to grow up in.

“The council’s education team also plays a key role in the Partnership advising schools on improvement strategies and also on supporting schools when they need it.

“Today’s news shows that this collaborative approach is paying dividends. I am really proud of our family of schools”

Patcham High School’s John McKee, chair of the city’s secondary headteacher group, said: “All our secondary schools are passionately committed to changing students’ lives and transforming their futures. We believe that we have a collective responsibility for all students in the city, not just those in our own schools.

“Good schools are stronger when they work together and our partnership ensures that we achieve more through joint practice development and collaboration for the benefit of every young person in Brighton & Hove.”