State schools short of the mark.

Almost half of schools inspected in the first three months of this year were found to be not good enough, new figures show.

Statistics published by Ofsted reveal that 34% of the 1,964 schools visited by inspectors – 658 in total – between January and March were only satisfactory.

And a further 9% – 183 – were judged to be inadequate and either given a notice to improve or put in special measures.

This is higher than the previous academic year (2010/11) when 6% were found to be inadequate.