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Governors at a Bath school, put in special measures by Ofsted, admit it may have been "deflected away from the job of teaching".

Culverhay Boys School, with 265 pupils, has been approved for co-educational sponsored academy status.

Oftsed inspectors found the school's overall effectiveness to be "inadequate" highlighting low grades in GCSE English and Maths.

Chairman, Gerry Curran, said the school had "been through a difficult time".

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We got involved in getting the community involved in saving the school and in some ways that deflected the job away from teaching”

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"Our previous head teacher sadly died of cancer, we had to appoint a new head teacher which was then followed by the previous administration in Bath who wanted to close the school," said Mr Curran.

"We then got involved in getting the community involved in saving the school and in some ways that deflected the job away from teaching.

"We lost the staff as a result of that uncertainty and it becomes very difficult to recruit new teachers - particularly in the maths area, they are very hard to find."

In July 2011, Culverhay had been earmarked for closure after operating at half capacity, but was saved after a local campaign.

From September the school will be sponsored by the Cabot Learning Federation which runs some schools in Bristol.

Despite the poor rating, the board of governors has defended the current head teacher.

"The head teacher takes responsibility for the results.

"But I would say, our head teacher has only been there for a couple of years and in that time he has had to cope with the potential closure of the school, some senior staff leaving as a result of that," said Mr Curran.

"It was also his first headship, and it has been baptism of fire, he has been fantastic."

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