A Birmingham school has been placed into special measures – just a year after being rated as “good” by Ofsted.
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary in Bournville was branded “inadequate” when the results of an inspection last month were revealed on Monday.
More than worried 70 parents demanded answers over the dramatic fall in standards at a heated meeting.
One angry mother said: “As a middle class, affluently placed school, we expect better.”
Many parents were so concerned that they offered their services as teaching assistants free of charge.
Ofsted inspectors rated the overall efficiency of St Joseph’s, the quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of children and leadership “inadequate”.
Yet only last year, the school received “good” grades in an interim assessment.
At the meeting, parents demanded a full-time teaching assistant for five and six-year-olds because of the number of special needs children in the classes.
Headteacher Rachel Gould, in charge for just under three years, said an action plan was being drawn up.
But Charmain Hunter, whose nine-year-old daughter Aaliyah attends the school, told the Mail: “Talk is cheap.
“The school has always had a good reputation and we had no idea there were any problems.
“We are flabbergasted that things have gone so badly wrong.”
A letter from the head, deputy head Nicholas Wright and chairman of the governors, Anne-Marie Tibbits, said the school aimed to improve test results for pupils in years one and two.
Links were being forged with Colmore Infant School in Kings Heath as part of the plan, the letter said.
They wrote: “We are very disappointed but determined to address these issues and have already drawn up an action plan.
“Key Stage 1 is the aspect of the school that has to improve.
“Improving the average SATs results for KS1 and the phonics test is the basis for the action plan.
“Reception and KS2 are not included in the action plan as these five classes were judged to be ‘good’.
“The school is determined to improve KS1 as quickly as possible and, with continued support, we will do it.”