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'Inadequate' Shrewsbury primary school placed in special measures

A Shrewsbury primary school has been placed into special measures, after being rated as "inadequate" by Ofsted.

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Crowmoor Primary School and Nursery. Photo: Google.

Staff and governors at Crowmoor Primary School say they are extremely saddened by the outcome of their latest Ofsted inspection, which took place on January 24 and 25 this year, but are determined to make rapid improvements.

In the report, which was published on Wednesday, inspectors said that 'personal development' was good, but 'the quality of education' and 'leadership and management' was inadequate.

'Early years provision' and 'behaviour and attitudes', they reported, also requires improvement.

Inspectors found that pupils "follow a broad curriculum, but they do not achieve well", with pupils leaving school without the reading skills they need to be ready for secondary education.

While inspectors found that pupils are "well cared for" and "smile and greet their teachers" when arriving in the morning, teachers do not always address some disruptive behaviour quickly during lessons.

Inspectors acknowledged that pupils were "safe at school" and can name adults who will help them, but found that senior leaders are new to their roles and have "failed to address the issues" which require improvement.

The Ofsted report reads: "Pupils who are not able to read are falling behind their peers in their learning, including children in the early years. Staff identify pupils who are at the early stages of reading and need additional support.

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