5 common beliefs about ‘outstanding’ schools. Which is true?


A word that gets all kinds of reactions.


Some of these reactions are good, some of them are bad.

Some of them are true, some of them are not.


It’s a well-known fact that if you want to do better, then learning from the best is one of the quickest ways to do that.


And what do all headteachers have in common?

They want their school to be great so that our children have the best education possible.


But are schools judged as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted…really better than other schools with other grades?

Surely they have it easier?

And isn’t it a case of ‘be careful what you wish for’, because if you get ‘outstanding’, you have to hold onto it?

And that’s almost impossible…isn’t it?


We researched 100 primary schools who were graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in the academic year 2022-2023.

We learnt the truth behind some common beliefs to understand: are they fact or fiction?


  • Is it impossible to maintain ‘outstanding’?
  • Is it easier for ‘outstanding’ schools because they come from areas with easier demographics?
  • Do ‘outstanding’ schools get better results?
  • Surely ‘outstanding’ schools have fewer pupils who require additional support?
  • Do they have more money than other schools?


You can find out all the answers here: https://ukheadsup.com/outstanding-myths/


I hope you find it insightful. Let me know what you think 🙂