Head and governors resign over critical Ofsted report

The head teacher and board of governors at a Surrey primary school have resigned after it was placed in special measures by Ofsted.

The Weald Church of England Primary School, Beare Green, was criticised after a "good" report in January 2012.

The school is run by Surrey County Council through company Babcock 4s with input from the Diocese of Guildford.

The diocese said The Weald would now be turned into an academy and it would become sponsor of the school.

Head teacher Sharon Davis stepped down immediately after the critical Ofsted report was circulated to parents.

An acting headteacher has been put in place.

'Very disappointing'

The board of governors has announced its intention to resign but will stay in place until an interim executive board is signed off by the Department for Education.

Derek Holbird, diocesan director of education, said: "The head teacher and governors had implemented plans to bring about the required improvements but in light of the Ofsted report they have taken the decision to step down from their positions in the interests of the school making more rapid and sustained progress."

Ofsted has not yet formally published the document and has said it cannot comment until it appears on its website.

The school will now be required by the Department for Education to become an academy which will be sponsored by the diocese from September.

A Surrey County Council spokesman said: "We are very disappointed at Ofsted's judgement and are working together with the Diocese to respond accordingly to ensure continuity for all the children and improve the quality of education delivered."

Meetings are being held this week with parents and prospective parents to let them know of the changes.

Babcock Education provides consultancy, training and management services to more than 700 schools and academies in 50 UK local authorities.

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