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Two schools in special measures

A Worcestershire primary school which is due to merge with a nearby school has been put in special measures.

Lickhill Primary School, in Stourport, is scheduled to merge with Stourport Primary under county council plans.

Inspectors have criticised the way writing is taught, the quality of lessons and the school's management.

Malvern's Dyson Perrins Sports College, which was given specialist sports status last February, has also been put in special measures.

Worcestershire County Council confirmed the move but refused to give more details.

'At the top'

The inspectors' report is expected to be published on the Ofsted website next week.

The governors of Lickhill Primary School are planning to complain to Ofsted about the report, the BBC understands.

Inspectors said its management was "inadequate" and with an "insufficient focus on eliminating underachievement".

It also criticised the teaching as "inadequate".

The school was created in 2007 as a result of a reorganisation of education in the Wyre Forest area.

Hugh Griffiths, who has campaigned to keep it open and whose wife is a governor at the school, said: "If one looks at the standard achievement tests or looks at the achievements locally of the 24 Wyre Forest schools... [Lickhill] are right at the top in terms of their performance."

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