STANDARDS at Braunton Caen Primary School are inadequate and special measures are needed to help it improve, according to independent Ofsted inspectors. In their report just published, they say the school is failing to give its pupils an acceptable stan
STANDARDS at Braunton Caen Primary School are inadequate and special measures are needed to help it improve, according to independent Ofsted inspectors.In their report just published, they say the school is "failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the persons responsible for leading, managing or governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school."They say the head teacher, Karen Crutchfield, took up her post in April last year following a period in which it was led by temporary heads."Her analysis of the school's strengths and weaknesses is accurate and she has identified correctly the priorities and actions needed to bring about improvement," the report says.But it goes on: "Her analysis is not fully accepted by all staff, many of whom find the pace of expected change difficult to cope with, resulting in low staff morale."Devon County Council has announced that, following a series of staff changes, Mrs Crutchfield will be joined in September by a new deputy head, Jeremy Cooper, who will lead Key Stage 2 and Jane Adams, who will lead Key Stage 1 and Reception. In addition a new class teacher for Years 5 and 6 is being recruited.Mrs Crutchfield was credited with "transforming" Berrynarbor Primary School in 2004 after it had been found to have "serious weaknesses" in 2000 and 2002.She said: "I am confident my new senior leadership team will move swiftly to reinforce the changes I am already making in order to drive up standards."The children here are eager and willing to learn and they have a lot of potential and the governors are committed to this village and very passionate about the school."Judith Johnson, Devon's director of learning and schools, said: "I would assure parents that everything is being done to support the school and, working together, we will ensure the necessary improvements are completed as soon as possible.