Head teacher removed from failing Matlock school

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Image caption The school had previously achieved outstanding status

The head teacher of a failing school in Derbyshire has been removed after parents handed in a petition to Ofsted calling for her to be replaced.

St Giles CofE Primary School in Matlock was placed in special measures in September.

Judith Hayward, chair of the governors, confirmed that Rev Julie Stanton had been removed and the school was working to "put interim arrangements in place".

She said the focus was on ensuring the best education for the children.

'Christian forgiveness'

The Church of England school has been marked inadequate in a number of areas, including achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and leadership, although pupil behaviour was found to be good.

A number of parents have taken their children out of school but others have spoken out in support of the head.

Patrick Taylor, who has a son at the school, said: "When the report came out I was obviously disappointed but I think the school has been improving."

He added: "The head has always been very supportive to us - she's made mistakes - but it's a church school and part of the Christian ethos is forgiveness."

The school had previously achieved outstanding status.

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