The acting head of a Pudsey academy says the school being placed in special measures is “potentially very damaging.”

School governing body Ofsted has released the results of its latest inspection into Crawshaw School, on Robin Lane, and has described it as “inadequate” in every category.

The school has been put into special measures and the head of Horsforth School has been asked to help Crawshaw improve.

Among the issues raised in the report are low attendance, poor behaviour and high exclusion rates, inadequate leadership and teaching, an inadequate sixth form and incidents of bullying.

But some teaching is described as “outstanding,” students performed well in art and the leadership team had “high ambitions”.

Sean Preston, acting headteacher, said: “We believe the judgement of ‘inadequate’ is potentially very damaging for the school. However, the governors, leadership team and rest of the staff are committed to making the necessary improvements at Crawshaw.”