Birmingham played host to 220 headteachers from across the country in a celebratory event organised by Ofsted to recognise outstanding schools in England.

The event, at Botanical Gardens, was hosted by Christine Gilbert, Chief Inspector of Ofsted, and was attended by headteachers from 20 of Birmingham’s 35 outstanding schools, three from Wolverhampton’s four outstanding schools, and eight out of Solihull’s 13 schools.

Just 19 per cent (1,321) of schools are awarded an outstanding grade in their Ofsted inspection.

Ms Gilbert praised the top schools in the annual list of outstanding providers, adding that they had shown an excellent quality of care, support and education to meet the needs of children, and young people. 

She said: "Excellence does not happen by chance, these providers have a real drive to inspire, challenge, and support children, and young people. But there is no reason why everyone can’t be outstanding, I hope they will be a source of inspiration to others.

“I wholeheartedly congratulate Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Solihull’s outstanding schools on their success and hard work in delivering such high standards. "

There were 4,020 schools, colleges, childcare and social care providers in England judged to be outstanding in 2008-2009 – over 1,000 more than the previous year.

All those who appear on the Outstanding Providers list 2008/09 receive commemorative certificates and are authorised to use an exclusive “outstanding provider” logo.

* More information on schools on the outstanding providers list is here: www.ofsted.gov.uk/outstanding