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School Told It Must Improve

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6:54am 22nd November 2013
(Updated 10:30am 22nd November 2013)

A new £9M school in Beaminster for children with complex needs requires improvement according to the latest Ofsted Report.

Inspectors say leadership and management at Mountjoy needs to get better.

Former Headteacher James Franzen has now left due to family commitments and personal reasons.

The latest Ofsted report said the behaviour of pupils was outstanding and the quality of teaching was good.

A spokesman for Dorset County Council said:

"The main area identified as requiring improvement was leadership and management. The county council is working closely with the school and its governors to address this issue. The previous headteacher left the school due to family commitments and personal reasons. While a replacement is found, a support strategy has been put in place with the help of Westfield Arts College in Weymouth, which is an outstanding special school and a National Support School.

"Westfield headteacher Andrew Penman is supporting senior management at the school, while Westfield's deputy headteacher Lesley Cook is now acting headteacher at Mountjoy, three days each week. She will remain in post until a permanent appointment is made. A new chair of governors, Tracy Scammell, has also been elected after the previous chair moved out of the area.

"We are confident that the new arrangements, combined with the existing foundations of strong teaching and pupil behaviour, will help bring about the necessary improvements and put The Mountjoy School on the right track."

Acting Mountjoy School headteacher Lesley Cook said: "The staff and governors are working together to provide the best education possible for our pupils. We are grateful for parents' and the public's continuing support."

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