SCHOOLS which have maintained standards will be spared from an Ofsted inspection this academic year.

Consistent performances of schools across Cheshire were rewarded with a letter from Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills Christine Gilbert.

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

Mrs Gilbert writes: “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 that causes us to inspect earlier.”

Outstanding schools which have sustained their grading are Utkinton St Paul’s and Frodsham Primary.

Primary schools described as ‘good’ which have been spared inspection include: Tarvin, Kingsley, Helsby Hillside, Sandiway, Kelsall, Waverton, Boughton Heath and Lache.

Secondary schools, graded as ‘good’ following their last inspection, which have also been told their next inspection has been deferred until 2011, include Catholic High and Upton-by-Chester High.