West Somerset College is put in special measures

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Image caption The school was rated as inadequate in all five areas in which it was judged

West Somerset College has been rated inadequate after an Ofsted inspection, and has been put in special measures.

Inspectors said it underperformed in all five rated areas; leadership, behaviour, quality of teaching, pupils' achievement and sixth form provision.

The school, in Minehead, was visited by government inspectors last month after 11 complaints were received by Ofsted.

A school spokesman said it had drawn up an action plan to address the areas identified as needing improvement.

Only 38% of pupils scored five GCSE passes at C grade or above, including Maths and English, this summer, leading to a series of complaints to Ofsted and calls for the principal to resign.

Inspectors found GCSE results had declined over several years, teachers expectations of students were too low and they were gaps in their knowledge because of inadequate teaching.

Principal, Gaynor Comber said she was "personally devastated" by the decision to put the school into special measures.

"However, we believe that, working as a united team of staff, governors, parents and students, we can significantly improve the teaching and learning and achievements of students to enable them to fulfil their potential," she said.

The school has taken on a teaching consultant to lead a year-long programme of staff development, and is getting support from high-performing schools in the county.

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