Shropshire

Shrewsbury primary school in special measures

A primary school in Shrewsbury is in special measures following an inspection in December.

The overall effectiveness of Mereside CE Primary School was judged inadequate by education watchdog Ofsted.

Pupils' achievements, the quality of teaching and leadership and management were also described as inadequate.

The school said it shared the report's concerns and an improvement plan was in place already.

'Working hard'

It added the report acknowledged that the school has a "realistic view" of strengths and weaknesses and "recognised that, as a result of changes to the governing body" the school was "now more effective".

Ofsted said leaders, governors and managers "have failed to make the essential improvements identified at the time of the last inspection" in January 2011.

The behaviour and safety of pupils "requires improvement", it added.

Shropshire Council's cabinet member for education and skills, Cecilia Motley, said: "This is clearly a disappointing report, but the school is working hard with advisers from the council to ensure standards are quickly improved.

"It's encouraging to note that pupils generally enjoy going to school, and inspectors acknowledged that steps are already being taken to raise standards."

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