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The Matthew Arnold School in Staines in special measures

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Image caption The Matthew Arnold School was inspected in July

A school in Staines has been placed in special measures after an Ofsted report found it to be "inadequate" in every category.

The Matthew Arnold School received the lowest possible grades for the achievement and behaviour of its pupils, quality of its teaching, and leadership and management.

The report was published following an inspection in July.

Acting headteacher Mary Gould said the report was a "fair" appraisal.

'Spiral out of control'

"When historically a school has enjoyed such a good reputation as this one has over the years, it can be very easy to take your eye off the ball and to allow a number of things to go unchallenged," she said.

"It becomes very quick for things to spiral out of control.

"The governing body has resigned, we've got a new leadership team... and a root and branch review of every aspect of the school."

The report stated that too many lessons were "disrupted by poor behaviour" and students showed "no pride" in their work.

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