An Erith school has been derated to "inadequate" by Ofsted and placed into special measures after a damning report shows improvements are needed across all areas.

The inspectorate has given The Business Academy Bexley in Yarnton Way a withering set of scores including substandard levels of management and leadership and a shoddy quality of teaching and assessment.

Ofsted also reported that outcomes for pupils in the secondary school are inadequate with progress is too slow across the curriculum - including in English and mathematics.

White British pupils, and boys in particular, are making poor progress, the report adds.

Teachers do not have high enough expectations of what pupils can achieve at the school and as a significant number of teachers are temporary, this is also inhibiting pupils’ progress, Ofsted inspectors believe.

Management policies and practices are also weak meaning self-evaluation is inaccurate and therefore the school’s weaknesses are not comprehended.

For example, in the secondary school, poor teaching has lead to unacceptable behaviour from pupils, too much of which has gone unchallenged by teachers.

Financial constraints have also led to reductions in provision, including for pupils who have special educational needs or disability.

The only saving grace from the educational body is the academy's safeguarding practices, effective links exist with external agencies to protect vulnerable pupils, and the new head of the primary school has made a promising start.

The acting principal has also provided stability during a “challenging time for the school” Ofsted reports.

In a March 2013 Ofsted inspection, the school was given an overall rating of "Good".

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Summary of 11–12 May 2016 Ofsted report

Effectiveness of leadership and management Inadequate

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Inadequate

Personal development, behaviour and welfare Inadequate

Outcomes for pupils Inadequate

Early years provision Requires improvement

16 to 19 study programmes Requires improvement

Overall effectiveness at previous inspection Good