TOP performing primary schools in Frodsham, Helsby and Kingsley which have maintained their high standards will be spared from being inspected by education ombudsmen Ofsted until 2011.

The ‘outstanding’-graded Frodsham Primary School, and ‘good’ schools

Kingsley Primary School and Helsby Hillside Primary School, were rewarded with a letter from Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills Christine Gilbert.

It followed an interim assessment of schools across the country focusing on academic performance, pupil attendance, Ofsted visits since last inspection, complaints or any other issues.

Mrs Gilbert writes in each letter: “I am pleased to inform you that our interim assessment shows that the school’s performance has been sustained and that we can defer its next full inspection.

“As a result, the next full inspection will not take place any earlier than September 1, 2011, unless we receive information in the course of the coming year that causes us to inspect earlier.”

Other schools which have sustained their grading are Utkinton St Paul’s, Tarvin, Sandiway, Kelsall, Waverton, Boughton Heath and Lache.

Secondary schools which have also been told their next inspection has been deferred until 2011, include Catholic High and Upton-by-Chester High.