A Birmingham headteacher and his deputy have resigned after their school was put into special measures by Ofsted.

A team of inspectors who visited Anderton Park Primary School in Sparkhill judged it to have "serious weaknesses".

School head Michael O'Keefe and deputy head Pamela Bowles have resigned with effect from August 31.

The pair, who have been working from home for the past fortnight, are not expected to return to the school and a new 'caretaker' headteacher has been appointed. She will take over at the school after Easter.

The damning report by Ofsted is due to be published shortly. When last visited in early 2001, Anderton Park, based on Dennis Road, was judged an "improving school" working hard to raise standards that provided "satisfactory value for money".

It was judged to have made "satisfactory" improvement since its previous visit in 1997 with senior leadership team described as "increasingly effective".

A Birmingham City Council spokeswoman said yesterday: "We can confirm that the head and deputy head at Anderton Park Primary School have resigned with effect from August 31. An experienced headteacher will be at the school in the interim."

They are receiving full pay until August 31.

It is expected that the school's governors will start advertising for a new head and deputy head after Easter.

In a letter sent to parents on March 24, acting head, Don Courtney, said: "Following the involvement of the local authority, it was decided Mr O'Keefe and Mrs Bowles should work at home while the situation was reviewed. I was then a sked by the local authority to take over as acting headteacher until the end of term and that is the situation we are now in."

Mr Courtney added: "I want to assure all parents that the current situation is being taken very seriously and every step possible is being taken to make things better for all."

A spokesman for Birmingham City Council said at the time: "Neither of them are the subject of any sort of investigation."