Weaknesses put secondary school on the failing list

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A Chesterfield secondary school has been found to be failing its pupils after inspectors found weaknesses in learning, teaching and leadership.

An action plan has been put in place to improve standards at Newbold Community School, which has more than 1,000 students aged 11 to 18.

Priorities include improving the quality of teaching, raising standards of literacy and numeracy, and making sure pupils behave well in lessons.

Acting headteacher Martin Ebbage said: “We’re obviously disappointed that we’ve been placed in special measures, but I’m confident we can address the issues highlighted in the report with our clear plans for what needs to be done.

“We’re already taking firm action and we’re putting pupils and learning at the heart of our vision for the school.”

Staff will work closely with Derbyshire County Council to raise standards.