A SCHOOL for pupils with special needs is taking major steps to improve under new leadership after it was rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted inspectors.

The Brookfield School was given the lowest rating in all key areas, after serious failings were found during the December visit.

The school had previously been told it ‘required improvement’ following its last inspection in 2017.

The report said the quality of education was poor, with inconsistent staffing and poor behaviour affecting learning.

Some pupils said they did not feel staff understand their special needs well enough, while teaching was found to be "hit and miss", leaving pupils at risk of not completing their qualifications.

Attendance levels were also criticised, and further problems were found with the school’s safeguarding arrangements.

“Leaders have not established a culture for keeping pupils safe,” the inspectors said.

However, inspectors said newly appointed headteacher, Michelle Parkes, knew the quality of education was not good, and was starting to address the “many and deep seated” issues.

Ms Parkes said the result of the Ofsted inspection was an indictment on the previous leadership at the school.

“Since my appointment in September, I have been working with the school community to identify and plan for all the work that needs to be done at Brookfield School," she said.

"I have been overwhelmed by the many messages of support and we have had a positive response for the events and workshops the school have started since September including the school council and a new dynamic PTA. We have a strong school vision to provide a rich, personalised education and aspirational opportunities for all the children in our care.

"Brookfield is vital to the Herefordshire school’s community and we continue to enjoy the strong support of parents, staff and our financial stakeholders. I am certain we will come through this improvement process renewed, strengthened and ready for the many opportunities ahead.”