A PRIMARY school blighted by turbulent staffing has been deemed ‘inadequate’ in a damning report following a visit by inspectors.

The verdict of the Ofsted inspection at Bishop Ian Ramsey School, in Medomsley, near Consett, was published on Monday.

It gave the school, which has 194 pupils, the lowest possible score, following a visit in September.

The report, by lead inspector Malcolm Kirtley, said: “This is an inadequate school. “Over time, senior leaders and governors have not addressed weaknesses in teaching, learning and assessment.

“This has resulted in pupils making inadequate progress from their starting points.

“Turbulence in staffing has hindered school improvement and interrupted pupils’ learning.

“Teachers have an inaccurate picture of pupils’ abilities and low expectations of what pupils can achieve.”

The report said a new headteacher, Sharon Rogan, who took up post in January 2017, was absent during the inspection.

The new chairman of the governing body, Reverend Canon Sheila Bamber,who started in her role last November was also absent from her role during the spring and summer terms in 2018.

In previous years, 2007, 2009 and 2014, the school had been deemed ‘good’ by inspectors.

The report said: “Relationships between school leaders and the wider community have declined significantly.

“Leaders and governors have not developed systems to gauge or respond to the concerns of parents and staff.”

The report did find staff ensure that pupils are safe and children value the kindness of their teachers and the care and support they receive.

Pupils are confident, articulate and behave with consideration for others as well as feeling pride in their school community.

The school has now written to parents to reassure them action is being taken.

In a letter acting headteacher Christine Johnston and Rev Canon Bamber said: “The outcome of the inspection is very disappointing for all members of the school community.

“Staff care deeply about the pupils and families of Bishop Ian Ramsey Church of England (Aided) Primary School and we will work together to ensure that the children receive the high-quality education that they deserve and that all children are supported to reach their potential.

“We hope that parents and carers will continue to support us with this aim.

“Our school self-evaluation and school development plans already reflected the areas highlighted for improvement.”