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Regina Coeli head under fire as school put into special measures

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A CATHOLIC primary school in South Croydon has been put into special measures after another damning Ofsted report.

Regina Coeli, in Pampisford Road, received a "requires improvement" rating in October last year and had two interim inspections in January and July to monitor its progress.

But despite going into partnership with the "outstanding" St James the Great Primary, in Thornton Heath, the South Croydon school was rated as inadequate in its latest Ofsted report published last week and is now being monitored by Croydon Council.

A meeting was called at the struggling primary on Tuesday evening to discuss its future, and more than 200 parents attended.

One, who asked not to be named, said parents at the meeting had called for the headmaster, Donal McCarthy, to be sacked.

"There was lots of shouting out and mums and dads said he was responsible for pulling the school down," the parent said.

Another said the head stood up and apologised for the Ofsted rating, asking for parents' support to improve the school.

"We feel like, as parents, we aren't listened to so it makes a nice change for him to acknowledge us," the parent said.

According to another, many were unhappy their children would leave the school before it improved and felt their children's education had been jeopardised.

Last week's report stated disabled pupils, those eligible for free school meals and those needing special educational needs were making inadequate progress, and that teaching, leadership and management were poor.

The report said: "Children start the early years foundation with skills, knowledge and experience typical for their ages."

However, 'standards in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6 are declining'.

"School information and current work inspected indicate that pupils' progress is not accelerating and too many pupils are falling behind in their learning," the report adds.

Mr McCarthy, said: "Although we are disappointed with the outcome of this inspection we are determined, working in partnership, to act upon the findings as quickly as possible.

"We are aware of the difficulties facing the school as a result of the issues identified.

"We have an action plan in place and have already implemented a number of improvements, which we are confident will have a positive impact on future outcomes for all pupils."

Hogarth Andall, the chairman of governors, said: "While Ofsted's judgement of the school is disappointing; it highlighted the areas that we already knew needed attention.

"The school has not improved quickly enough since its last full inspection a year ago. The governing body is fully committed to working with the diocese and the local authority to catalyse improvements in teaching and leadership at the school."

A council spokesman said it was working with the school and diocese and would issue an action plan for improvement next week.

Regina Coeli head under fire as school put into special measures


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