A Birmingham headteacher and his deputy are working from home and are to "consider their future options" 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".

Following talks with Birmingham education chiefs, the school's head Michael O'Keefe and deputy head Pamela Bowles have decided to work from home.

They are receiving full pay while a review of the school's problems is carried out by the authority and the day-to-day management has been handed over to an acting head.

A spokeswoman for Birmingham's education department said: "After discussions the headteacher and deputy headteacher of Anderton Park Primary School decided to work away from the school while they consider their future options.

"Neither of them are the subject of any kind of investigation. The local authority is working with the school and governors to devise an action plan which will address all of the issues in the report. This work has already begun."

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".

In a letter sent to parents last Friday the school's 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 whole situation was reviewed. I was then asked 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."