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Ripon school placed in special measures

Ripon school placed in special measures

Published at 3:19pm 20th April 2016. (Updated at 5:54pm 20th April 2016)

North Yorkshire County Council is working with the leadership of Moorside Infant School in Ripon to address key areas of concern, after the school was placed in special measures.

Its latest Ofsted report shows that although pupils are safe in the school, that they are polite and respectful, take pride in helping others and benefit from a wide range of experience to enrich their learning, the school has not successfully tackled required areas for improvement.

The council is also working closely with the Department for Education to help the school to become a sponsored academy, which is the next step for any school after receiving such a report.

The deputy headteacher will become acting head whilst the school goes through the academy process, as the headteacher announced her retirement before the inspection.

County Councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Schools, said: "Our key focus is that the children of Moorside Infant School are provided with good-quality education during this transition process.

"We will therefore work with all partners - staff, governors, the DfE and the Regional Schools Commissioner - to ensure that the necessary support is in place to address the key issues raised by Ofsted and to ensure quality teaching and learning is more consistently available."