Inspectors visit troubled school

Revoe Community Primary School, Blackpool.
Revoe Community Primary School, Blackpool.
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GOVERNMENT inspectors have made an unannounced visit to a Blackpool primary school at the centre of a council probe.

Ofsted inspectors arrived at Revoe Community Primary School on Grasmere Road on Monday to scrutinise lessons.

The school has been at the centre of an investigation since six members of staff, including the headteacher, were suspended from their posts last month.

Blackpool Council is investigating allegations a boy had been locked in a ‘cooling off’ room.

The Ofsted inspection was expected to be completed yesterday.

Coun Sarah Riding, cabinet member for children and schools at Blackpool Council, said: “I can confirm Ofsted inspectors have commenced an inspection at Revoe Primary School.

“Parents have been 
informed. The outcome of the inspection will be made public by Ofsted via their website in due course and it would not be appropriate to make any further comment at this stage.”

Neil Hodgkins, headteacher at Devonshire Primary School, has been drafted in to run the school while headteacher Cath Woodall is suspended.

The allegations came to light just before the February half-term.

It is thought the incident involved a child threatening to stab himself and others, although he was not in 
possession of a knife.

A police investigation was also launched but was dropped last week.

Education chiefs in Blackpool are already drawing up new proposals to support teachers and schools in dealing with challenging children.

Revoe Primary last had an Ofsted inspection in September 2010 when it was rated as good.

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