Failing: Mexborough school in ‘special measures’

Mexborough headteacher Mirjam Buhler-Willey.
Mexborough headteacher Mirjam Buhler-Willey.

A damning report on a Doncaster school has forced inspectors to place it in special measures – with major criticism aimed at its previous leaders.

Ofsted says the leadership and management of Mexborough School in Maple Road is ‘inadequate’ and monitoring of the 843 pupils’ work ‘lacks rigour’.

The four-year reign of headteacher Mirjam Buhler-Willey has recently come to an end and she was not in school when the inspection was carried out.

The previous board of governors did not escape criticism.

Doncaster Council said last night it has taken ‘robust steps towards a strategic solution’ to the issues.

Mexborough School is currently led by a temporary executive head who has improved behaviour, but parents have expressed concern about the uncertainty around the situation.

The position of chair of the board of governors was also vacant after a number of governors resigned a month before Oftsed carried out their two-day inspection six weeks ago.

An interim executive board has been put in place by 
Doncaster Council. Mexborough School’s last inspection 18 months ago rated it as ‘requiring improvement’ but in that time it has ‘declined considerably because leaders, managers and governors have not rigorously checked on how well the school is doing’.