"A beleaguered primary school which will have lost 70 per cent of its teaching staff by the end of the current term has been placed in special measures by Ofsted. Roke Primary School in Kenley has suffered a staff exodus amid a long-running feud about Department for Education (DfE) plans to forcibly convert it into an academy. Twelve of the school’s 17 teachers will have left by the end of the school year...the Harris Federation is expected to be named Roke’s academy sponsor by the DfE later this month....[the] headteacher, Caroline Phillips, resigned in April, and was replaced by interim heads."
"Some 29 staff....will have left by the end of the academic year. They amount to 44 per cent of the school’s 66 staff. It is more than double the number of staff who left in the previous academic year. Now an Ofsted report, due to be published later this month, is to label the troubled school inadequate.....high staff turnover since September 2012 meant some teachers had missed out on vital training, leading to gaps in their skills and understanding....they have not been effective in improving the quality of teaching."