THE council is confident new leadership will turn around North Bromsgrove High School after it was placed in special measures by Ofsted.

Inspectors rated the School Drive site as 'inadequate' in all areas following a visit across May 23 and 24.

The visit came following heavy criticism from parents and students after the resignation of seven maths teachers.

Leadership at the school was heavily criticised in the report for 'lacking the capacity to bring about the necessary improvements'.

Ofsted also found there was a lack of understanding among leaders and governors about how best to bring about the required change.

Since the inspection, previous headteacher Angelina Robin-Jones handed in her notice, with Lee Gray announced into the role on an interim basis in July.

And Worcestershire County Council councillor Marcus Hart is confident changes will help drive change at the school.

The cabinet member with responsibility for education and skills said: "I am confident the new leadership at North Bromsgrove High can help to improve the school going forward.

"The county council will support Lee and staff at the school as much as possible to ensure everything is in place with the short and long-term improvement plans.

"We want every child in Worcestershire to get a high quality standard of education."

Mr Gray, who is the substantive head teacher of Studley High School, will meet with parents for the first time on July 17 to discuss the Ofsted report.

He added: "Despite starting at the school only recently I am very confident that North Bromsgrove High School will improve rapidly during the next academic year.

"There is no doubt that this school faces significant challenges but the staff and governing body are fully committed to working with parents and the local authority to successfully carry out the improvements that are required.

"We have to ensure that the students at North Bromsgrove are at the heart of all we do, to ensure they have the best experience possible and achieve to their potential."