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Less than a quarter of outstanding schools retained grade.

Less than a quarter of outstanding schools retained grade.

Less than a quarter of the "outstanding" schools inspected by Ofsted in the first term of this school year kept their top grade, new figures reveal.

The inspectorate said today that just 23 per cent of the 117 schools it had inspected from 1 September to 31 December retained their "outstanding" judgement.

"Outstanding" schools are exempt from routine re-inspection but Ofsted has asked the Department for Education to remove this.

Last year schools minister Nick Gibb told Ofsted to inspect at least one in 10 "outstanding" schools amid concerns that the current exemption is not giving parents the assurance they need.

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