A PRIMARY school has been rated inadequate by Government inspectors.

Ofsted issued the rating for the overall effectiveness of St Anne’s Catholic Primary, Keighley, plus the effectiveness of its leadership and management.

And the North Street school was told it requires improvement in other areas, including its quality of teaching, learning and assessment.

But the trust which runs St Anne’s, an academy, said immediate action had been taken to address the issues raised.

Inspectors visited the 286-pupil school in June.

They found safeguarding arrangements were ineffective.

Staff didn’t consistently record all safeguarding information in a systematic way and leaders were not able to demonstrate they always took effective action.

Rigorous checks to ensure the suitability of staff to work at the school weren’t carried out and governors were unsure of their responsibilities, says Ofsted.

The inspection team also found that teaching did not always meet pupils’ needs, which slowed progress rates, and the effectiveness of teaching assistants was “too variable”.

Self-evaluation was “overly positive” and did not address weaknesses identified.

But several strengths were also highlighted in the Ofsted report. The teaching of phonics was praised, leaders had taken effective action to tackle weaknesses in teaching, most pupils behaved well, were courteous and showed respect and the school promoted the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural needs effectively.

The trust responsible for St Anne’s, the Blessed Christopher Wharton Catholic Academy Trust, says a clear plan for “rapid improvement” had been set out following Ofsted’s judgment.

It said issues were related to the record keeping of safeguarding information rather than any specific cases.

Trust chairman, Cameron Robson, said: “The outcome of the inspection was extremely disappointing, as the issues were administrative, but they have been dealt with as soon as possible and the trust is confident that the school has effective systems in place.”

He said that as well as dealing with the issues with records, the trust had asked Bradford children’s services to carry out a safeguarding audit to ensure all aspects were properly managed.

New systems had been introduced and staff training completed ready for the start of the autumn term.

A new panel of governors has been brought in and the trust says an experienced headteacher will support the school throughout the academic year.

“A meeting for parents to discuss the Ofsted report was held at the start of term and all are determined to return the school to its previous judgement of good as soon as possible,” added Mr Robson.