A BARNSLEY school has gone into special measures after Ofsted inspectors found standards to be below par in numerous areas.

The education watchdog said that when pupils left year six at Elsecar Holy Trinity, their attainment in reading and maths was well behind their peers nationally.

Disruption to staffing meant quality of teaching was inadequate, the new headteacher was shared between two schools for two-and-a-half days a week and high staff turnover over the last three years had 'hampered pupils' achievement'.

The school needed to improve teaching, raise pupils' attainment and 'urgently improve the quality of leadership and management'.

Executive headteacher Nicola Jenkinson said the school going into special measures, Ofsted's worst category of failing school, was 'clearly disappointing'.