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'Inadequate' Nuneaton Academy put in special measures

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An academy school in Warwickshire has been branded "inadequate" and placed in special measures by Ofsted.

The report into Nuneaton Academy - formed in 2010 to replace Alderman Smith School and Manor Park School - was released on Thursday.

William Branney, appointed principal in January, accepted the result was "deeply disappointing".

The Midland Academies Trust, which runs the school, said management had been, and would be further, bolstered.

The news comes after Grace Academy in Coventry was also branded inadequate, in March.

'Total focus'

Speaking ahead of the publication of the latest report, Mr Branney said it "confirms that our current work is simply not good enough".

"Pupils and their parents deserve more," he said.

"It's my job to make sure that they get it. That will be my total focus, going forward."

Midland Academies Trust chief executive Marion Plant said it had appointed an executive principal temporarily to support Mr Branney and was looking to recruit three senior managers to "enhance leadership".

"I am confident that together we can accelerate the pace of change to benefit all students and the wider community," she said.

Previous principal Helen McEvoy left the school at the end of December to take up a headship at a school in Scarborough, the trust said.

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