CAMBRIDGESHIRE schools are consistently better than the national average, according to the independent education watchdog Ofsted. New figures reveal Cambridgeshire has a higher proportion of good schools and fewer underperforming schools than the country as a whole. The statistics from the Office for Standards in Education come after the end of the first term of a new inspection framework. The new system, which came into effect in September 2005, features shorter inspections, less notice of visits and four new categories of achievement - outstanding, good, satisfactory or inadequate. Of the new inspections carried out during the autumn term of 2005, 16 per cent of Cambridgeshire schools were judged to be outstanding, compared to 11 per cent nationally: 63 per cent were good, compared to 50 per cent nationally. No school in Cambridgeshire inspected last term was judged to be inadequate, whereas across the country, nine per cent fell into this category. Councillor Shona Johnstone, cabinet member for children and young people's services at the county council, said: "Cambridgeshire's schools have always been among the best in the country. Now we have the independent figures to prove it.