08:00 Saturday 08 February 2014

Burton academy crisis sees it fall into 'special measures'

Written byROB SMYTH

A BURTON academy has been plunged into ‘special measures’ by education chiefs – only days after its head teacher resigned.

Parents and teachers at Anglesey Primary Academy, in Clarence Street, were already in a state of shock after the Mail exclusively revealed that Helen Coulthard had walked away from her role.

Now, education watchdog Ofsted has confirmed that is has placed the school into special measures after a recent visit unearthed a multitude of failings.

An emergency meeting is now set to take place at the school on Monday to allow parents to voice their concerns and hear what the school is going to do to improve.

Phil Crathorne, chairman of governors, said: “We notified parents last term that we were being visited by Ofsted in December.

“An inspection was carried out and, as a result of this, our school has been put into the category of special measures.

“It was recognised that our school has moved forward and there have been some areas of progress, however this has not been quick enough and there is still work to be done.

“The full report will be available on Monday, 10 February.

“Following publication of the report, a meeting for parents will be held in school at 6.30pm on Monday to discuss the Ofsted report and our plans for the future leadership of the school.

“As always, we value your support and feel positive about the future growth and development of our academy.”

The school was already reeling after head of three years Helen Coulthard left saying that ‘it is time for a new leader to take the school to the next stage’.

The Academies Enterprise Trust oversees dozens of schools across the country including Anglesey.

A spokesman told the Mail: “We know from our first Ofsted as an academy that there were serious issues that needed to be rectified.

“Unfortunately, despite some improvements being made, not enough was done and this has resulted in Anglesey being placed into special measures.

“The next few terms will be crucial in making sure that all children at the site get the best possible education and start in life.

“We are now spending a great amount of time searching for a new head teacher, who can lead this school back to where it should be.

“We see this as the key factor in getting Anglesey back on track.

“The good thing also is that Ofsted have given us specific areas that we need to improve and this means that we can focus on them and bring them back up to where they should be.”

The full details of the inspection will be published on Monday.

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