North Devon’s first free school, Route 39 Academy, held an urgent parents’ meeting last night after being rated as inadequate by Ofsted.

North Devon’s first free school, Route 39 Academy, has been rated as inadequate by Ofsted.

The Gazette has seen a copy of the summary of the June inspection, which was shown to parents in an urgent meeting at the school last night (Monday).

The summary of the Ofsted report, which is due to be published tomorrow (Wednesday), said the school was rated as inadequate across the board.

It follows on from its first Ofsted inspection in May 2015, which marked the school as ‘needing improvement’.

The ground-breaking ceremony at the Route 39 site. Picture by www.andycaseyphotography.co.ukThe ground-breaking ceremony at the Route 39 site. Picture by www.andycaseyphotography.co.uk

The latest report summary said safeguarding was ineffective, and the procedures were not robust enough to keep pupils safe.

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An aerial shot of the site for the new Route 39 Academy at Steart Farm.An aerial shot of the site for the new Route 39 Academy at Steart Farm.

Inspectors said the school was not maintaining an admissions register ‘in line with legal requirements’ and that pupils’ attendance was ‘very poor’.

Findings also stated the pupils’ progress across key stage three was inadequate, and that teachers’ expectations of the quality of work and engagement by pupils was ‘too low’.

Construction is currently underway for a new £15million school building off the A39 at Steart Farm, which is due to be completed in July next year.

The school first opened in September 2013 and is currently running from Clovelly while its permanent building is constructed.

The Gazette has contacted Route 39 Academy for comment.