Somerset

Bridgwater primary school in special measures

A primary school in Somerset has been put into special measures for failing to meet national average standards for three years running.

Inspectors found that pupils had not been reaching Key Stage 1 national averages at St John and St Francis school in Bridgwater.

The education watchdog Ofsted also said school managers and governors should have dealt with the issue sooner.

Somerset County Council said improvements were already under way.

Joint head teacher, Sandra Pridoux, said: "We feel that the Ofsted judgement does not reflect all the qualities of our school but we are working hard to put right the aspects of the inspection which Ofsted said they want to see improved."

An earlier inspection carried out in February by the Church of England had rated the voluntary-aided school as "good".

Ofsted can put a school into special measures if it is performing inadequately, such as if its test results consistently fall below the national average.

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