Dorset

St. Aldhelm's Academy reopens after staff sickness

St. Aldhelm's Academy
Image caption The school had remained open to Year 11 and sixth form pupils throughout

A school in Dorset that partially closed due to staff illness has reopened.

St Aldhelm's Academy, which was put in special measures after an inadequate Ofsted rating, was closed to Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 since Friday.

The Diocese of Salisbury, which sponsors the school, said nine staff members were absent due to illness.

The academy in Poole apologised for the disruption but said teachers were now back in place.

The school had remained open to Year 11 and sixth form pupils throughout.

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Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns, who held meetings with parents over the weekend, believes the staff illness is a "symptom" of wider problems at the school.

He said staff morale was "on the floor" and good teachers were leaving.

Reverend David Price, chairman of the governors, apologised for the closure and said the school was "seeking the best way forward".

A spokesman for the Diocese of Salisbury said it was currently working as an interim sponsor until a permanent one is found - after its role ended in 2014.

Schools minister Nick Gibbs confirmed Ambitions Academies Trust was being lined up to take over St Aldhelm's.

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