LEADERS at a primary school placed in special measures two years ago and threatened with closure are taking effective action according to Ofsted inspectors.

St Catherine's Primary School in Colehill, Wimborne was judged as Requires Improvement in March 2019 and, since then, monitoring inspections have been carried out.

In the latest, Ofsted inspector Stewart Gale carried out a remote inspection due to coronavirus restrictions.

Afterwards he said: "I am of the opinion that at this time leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action to provide education in the current circumstances."

Since the last inspection, three new teachers have been appointed, including the head teacher Sharon Betts.

The report goes on: "The Department for Education is deciding whether to close the school at the end of the summer term 2021. No final decision has yet been made."

Mr Gale praised steps taken to adapt the curriculum and said leaders have started to plan the curriculum in each subject.

He said the teaching of reading has improved and that provision for students with special educational needs is improved.

The report said leaders should take steps to improve the subject knowledge of curriculum leaders.