A REDDITCH school has slammed a 'requiring improvement' grade from Ofsted saying they are "bitterly disappointed" with the judgement and claim the report does not reflect the school.

The previous Inspection of Ridgeway Academy in May 2013 said the school was 'good' and the school's successes continued as they went on to achieve the best Key Stage 2 SATS Data in the town.

However, following the latest inspection, which took place in May, the school was graded 'requiring improvement' with inspectors saying teaching is not good

enough, and some teachers have not being trained well enough to teach reading and writing. They also said leaders’ plans to improve the school were not sharp enough.

The school has formally written to Ofsted to express its disappointment at the decision and to highlight what they feel are inconsistencies in some of the findings.

Acting chair of governors, Jane Craig said: "This report simply does not fairly reflect the school. We are bitterly disappointed with the inspection judgements.

"Whilst we know that progress in some areas has to improve - and we had previously put measures into place to bring that improvement about – the governing body feel there is much to celebrate about the school, which the report ignores.

Headteacher Mike Bennett added: "It is the academy’s fervent hope that the points made in our complaint will lead to a review and change in the judgement initially made.

"However – regardless of the outcomes or judgement – we will go forward, we will improve results, and we will continue to build strong positive futures for the young people of Ridgeway Academy."

To view the report, click here.