DESPITE praise for its new head teacher, Ofsted school inspectors say Combe Martin Primary school is still failing to provide an acceptable level of education and special measures should be introduced. New head Jo Walkden is praised for her drive and comm

DESPITE praise for its new head teacher, Ofsted school inspectors say Combe Martin Primary school is still failing to provide an acceptable level of education and special measures should be introduced.

New head Jo Walkden is praised for her drive and commitment in raising standards by the independent education inspectors.

Since she took over last September, she has worked tirelessly to raise standards at the school, which has been underperforming for some years, they say.

This year there were dramatic improvements in the KS1 tests sat by seven-year-olds in reading, writing and maths and the KS2 maths results rocketed from 52 per cent of 11-year-olds gaining Level 4 or above in 2009 to 79 per cent this year.

But, despite a focus by the head and the local authority on improving the quality of teaching and the management skills of subject leaders and Key Stage co-ordinators, the school is still failing to provide an acceptable level of education, say the Ofsted inspectors.

Lead inspector Judith Goodchild concludes: "Despite intensive support, teaching has not significantly improved and middle leaders are not carrying out their management roles effectively."

The school therefore needs special measures, she says.