FOLLOWING its first Ofsted inspection, Shafton ALC is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education.

The news comes less than two years after opening. 

In a damning report, inspectors cited underachievement, poor leadership, as well as staff and pupil absence among a list of problems at the school.

The report said: "Overall GCSE attainment was exceptionally low in mathematics and low in many other subjects, especially English and science."

"Underachievement was caused by high levels of staff absence and the frequent use of supply teachers that resulted in poor teaching."

The report described the quality of teaching as 'inadequate' and the behaviour and safety of pupils 'requires improvement'.

The school opened in September 2011 following the merger of Willowgarth High School and Priory School in Lundwood.

The merger led to students following different GCSE courses and not all teachers were familiar with the range of course and assessment requirements, according to Ofsted.

Lisa Allott, the school's deputy head, said: "The report confirms that a great deal needs to be done to ensure that all our students are given every opportunity to develop the essential skills and qualifications which they will need to succeed in the future."