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St Ives Secondary In Special Measures

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2:50pm 13th June 2013

OFSTED has put a Cornish secondary school into special measures.

Inspectors say teaching at St Ives is not good enough; children do not achieve what they could and are not being inspired.

But staff are being praised for the way they care for pupils and work to improve things.

You can read the full report here

It is the only secondary school in the Duchy which needs intervention. A new head has been brought in temporarily to turn things around.

Cornwall Council said in a statement: "Governors and staff at St Ives School accept the findings of the Ofsted report and are committed to working together to address the issues highlighted by Inspectors.

"In order to put things right as quickly as possible the Governing Body and the Local Authority have asked Richard Schofield, a headteacher with considerable experience in leading schools in difficulties and in securing their rapid improvement, to take charge as interim Executive Headteacher with effect from 1 July 2013.

"Mr Schofield has a very strong track record as Headteacher in two schools and expertise as Executive Headteacher in schools facing challenging circumstances. The current Headteacher Jenny Veal will continue her work as first deputy to Mr Schofield.

"The Local Authority will now be working with Mr Schofield and the Governors of the school to set out a robust action plan for improvement.

"Both the Local Authority and the Governing body are committed to providing every child at St Ives School with the best possible education. They are confident that Mr Schofield can lead the changes necessary to secure improvement which will gain the confidence of inspectors and parents and ensure a strong future for secondary education in St Ives."

2:50pm 13th June 2013

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