A PRIMARY school in Latchford has been placed in special measures after the school failed to take decisive action following its last inspection.

In the report, it noted that the head teacher and senior leaders at St Augustine’s Primary School on Henshall Avenue did not address key issues, which had previously been highlighted by Ofsted as a cause for concern.

Inspectors, who visited the school on April 30 and May 1, handed the school the lowest rating available, dropping from its previous rating of requires improvement.

The damning report described teaching as ‘inadequate’ with expectations of pupils highlighted as being too low.

Govenors were also flagged up for failing to hold the school to account for weak teaching and pupils’ poor progress.

Concerns were all raised about not enough pupils being able to spell words correctly, write legibly or with enough accuracy.

But head teacher Andrea Towey said the school is determined to accelerate progress at the school.

She said: “Inspectors identified several areas for improvement in the school. They recognised that there are appropriate actions in our improvement plan, but that progress has not been quick enough.

“We remain determined to accelerate progress and are 100 per cent committed to raising standards.”

Chair of Governors, Margaret Morgan, added: “We were disappointed in the outcomes of the inspection but the governors and staff are both confident and determined to increase the pace of progress to show impact on all the issues identified.”

Some strengths of the school were acknowledged by inspectors, who said efforts to improve attendance have been effective and pupils feel safe and secure in school.