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Head of 'failing' school resigns
A head teacher has resigned from a top school with 1,480 pupils which was judged as "failing" by the Office of Standards in Education (Ofsted).

Stephen McKenna, head of The Queen's School in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, told pupils, governors and local councillors he was standing down last week.

Tony Cooper, who runs Cottenham Village College near Cambridge, has taken over.

Ofsted said it had put the school in special measures because it was failing to give pupils an acceptable education.

'Bullying and racism'

Mr Cooper has already taken up his duties at the school which was described unfavourably in parts of the Ofsted report.

It said: "While school surveys say the majority of pupils feel safe and secure, a large number of parents and pupils expressed concern to inspectors that incidents of bullying and racism have not been tackled fully by staff."

In his last annual report to parents former head Mr McKenna said: "Many families have low aspirations for their children or lack the wherewithal to give the kind of support children need to succeed in a demanding academic environment.

"Often parents have few, if any, qualifications and their experiences of education are both limited and unsatisfactory."

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