PARENTS could be misled about the quality of the city’s schools by the council, after a report said 100 per cent of York’s secondary schools are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.

Labour councillor Jonny Crawshaw said the statistic “has the potential to mislead parents” because two of the city’s nine secondary schools were ordered to become academies after inspectors put them in special measures.

But a council officer said these schools were taken out of the statistics used in the report.

Speaking ahead of a council meeting about school performance, Cllr Crawshaw said: “In the past academic year, two of York’s secondary schools were forced to convert to academies due to poor Ofsted results, leaving behind a combined budget deficit of around £500k.

“It is therefore disingenuous to claim that 100 per cent of York’s secondary schools are good or outstanding.

“Whilst we very much aspire to that figure, and good work is being done to achieve it, the true figure is 75 per cent.

“Parents need to be confident that standards in York’s schools are upheld and misrepresenting the current situation by virtue of omission is neither helpful nor constructive.”

The report also claims 93.8 per cent of York’s primary schools are rated good or outstanding.

John Thompson, head of secondary school effectiveness at the council, said the “one caveat”of the report is that schools forced to become academies are excluded from the statistics.

At the meeting he said: “Our statistics at the moment therefore don’t include two primary schools and two secondary schools.

“Schools which compulsorily become an academy by virtue of an inadequate Ofsted grade don’t carry a judgment and are therefore excluded, both locally and nationally, until they have their first inspection. The first inspection will normally take place in the third full year of operation of the new academy.”

Cllr Crawshaw also raised concerns over the use of Ofsted judgements to determine the quality of the city’s schools when a number of schools have not been inspected for several years.

Maxine Squire, interim director of education at the council, said all schools have a yearly risk assessment which covers a wide range of factors.