Shropshire

William Brookes school in Much Wenlock in special measures

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Image caption Ofsted inspectors identified concerns around safeguarding at the school

A school has been put into special measures following an inspection which found staff did not understand how to keep pupils safe.

The education watchdog rated William Brookes School in Much Wenlock, Shropshire, as "inadequate" overall.

Inspectors said leaders and staff "do not understand well enough how to keep pupils safe" and there are "weaknesses" in systems for safeguarding.

The school said an action plan was in place to address the concerns.

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The school, in Farley Road, was visited by Ofsted in February.

Inspectors found:

  • Some staff do not have the knowledge in safeguarding to enable them to identify issues effectively
  • The school's own policies on making checks on new staff are not consistently followed
  • Pupils' behaviour requires improvement
  • Governors have not recognised the weaknesses in safeguarding practices

However, inspectors found teaching and the systems for monitoring pupils' progress across all year groups were effective and said teaching had improved since the last inspection.

A statement on the school's website said: "We accept the findings of Ofsted's report.

"Safeguarding is the absolute priority at William Brookes School, and our action plan is already well under way to address the areas highlighted by Ofsted."

The school was previously rated as "requires improvement".

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