An Ofsted inspection report published on Monday (May 14) showed that Malborough School dropped from an outstanding score to requires improvement.

The report said that teaching at the school did not consider the needs of children enough, that basic teaching errors remain unchallenged over time and that expectations of pupils are inconsistent across classes, among other things.

In a letter to parents, headteacher Richard Gambier said: "You will probably already be aware that the experience as well as the outcome of the process was very different to our previous inspection.

"Whereas the 2014 team sought out the school’s strengths, it felt this time that the inspection was looking for our faults and weaknesses, and the tone of the final report would confirm that."

The new reports rates the school at the second lowest possible score, whereas in 2014 they achieved the highest possible score.

This latest Ofsted report criticised teaching as well as the school's leaders who monitor the quality of teaching, the school's governors, the way the school uses funding and the standard of maths and writing.

Marlborough School did score good in two categories: personal development, behaviour and welfare; and early years provision, but in all other categories and overall the school scored requires improvement.

The positives of the report centred around the youngest children at the school, saying: "Children in Reception get off to a flying start,

and the provision effectively meets their needs. As a result, children make strong progress."

The report also mentioned that the students behave well, noting that "they demonstrate an eagerness to learn and appreciate opportunities to contribute to the school through pupil parliament."

Marlborough School has a school parliament in which every pupil is a member. A whole school parliament with infants and juniors meets at least once every half term whilst the juniors meet more frequently, and they all have the chance to contribute to the school and have their voice heard.