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St Stephen's School in Tonbridge forced into academy status after being placed in special measures

By Jodie Nesling

An ailing primary school slammed by education watchdog Ofsted as 'inadequate' has been forced into academy status.

St Stephen's School in Tonbridge received a report in 2012 stating it required improvement. In 2014 that was downgraded to inadequate.

It meant they needed a good or outstanding report this year to remain under Kent County Council's authority but instead it was placed into special measures.

St Stephen's School in Tonbridge was placed into special measures
St Stephen's School in Tonbridge was placed into special measures

An Ofsted report published in October revealed the school had not improved it's status and that there were failings in teaching and development plans.

The school will has now been handed a Directive Academy Order but has yet to find sponsorship from a trust.

Minutes from the Governors' meeting that followed the report say some parents were happy with the school. One Mum said: "I am very happy with the progress my daughter is making, and have no complaints about the school.

"In addition, my youngest gets very frustrated and angry, but the other night calmed herself down using a technique she has learnt at school; Great life skills!"

The Kent Messenger has approached the school for comment.

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