ONLY 11 per cent of secondary age children on the IW attend a good school.
Seventy-eight per cent of all schools in England are rated by Ofsted as good or outstanding but
on the IW that figure is just 64 per cent.
And only one of the Island’s six maintained secondary schools — Christ the King College, which educates 11 per cent of pupils in its age group — is rated as good.
John Coughlan, director of children’s services at Hampshire County Council and the IW Council said Island schools had low aspirations and were too concerned with being better than the school down the road.
The council had failed to challenge schools to improve, he told the children and young people’’s scrutiny panel.
Secondary school attendance was by far the worst in the country and, across all Island schools, one in 12 days was missed during 2012, he said.
Mr Coughlan also warned there was a surplus of secondary school places, which was likely to increase over the next five to eight years. He said there were no plans to close a secondary school but, given the unknown impact of the studio school and free school set to open next year, that could change.
The panel heard there was too much post-16 provision on the Island and the council would have to challenge the correlation between the quantity and quality of provision and the Island’s poor A-level results.
Members welcomed Hampshire’s efforts, which had included sending a team of specialists to every Island school to develop a bespoke package of support with a 'relentless focus’ on raising standards.
Mr Coughlan said: "Some fantastic work has been done and I feel we are setting in place plans for the future, which is very encouraging."