A NORTH Dorset primary school placed in special measures last year is making good progress, according to government inspectors.

Details of an Ofsted monitoring inspection, which took place at Blandford St Mary Church of England primary school on February 1, have just been released.

Inspectors said: "Leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures. The trust’s statement of action is fit for purpose. The school’s action plan is fit for purpose."

Daniel Lasbury-Carter, head teacher at the school, said: "There is an enormous amount to celebrate in the hard work that has already taken place. The school is improving every day. Our aim is to be the very best school for the pupils in our care on a daily basis and we know what we need to do to continue improving and we will not stop."

Following an inspection in March last year, the school was rated as inadequate. Inspectors saoid standards were low and that the school had declined. They said leadership was ineffective and teachers had weak subject knowledge.