A KIRKLEES school put in special measures is caught in a Catch 22 situation and faces a tough future, according to its executive head.
Alan Davis is unsure Grylls Community Middle School and Learning Centre in Liversedge can survive after a damning Ofsted report desc- ribed its teaching as "inadequate".
The school inspectors also noted that the financial situation was "desperate" and test results for the children aged nine to 13 were among the worst in the country.
Mr Davis said: "To save the school we need a significant improvement in teaching, a reduction in the deficit and a very, very clear focus on raising standards of attainment.
"But it's a Catch 22 situation. To get the budget in shape we would have to reduce staffing which would make it more difficult to get good test scores."
The school has one year to get out of special measures following the inspection. But Mr Davis, who is executive head of Grylls, Gomersal Middle School and Whitcliffe Mount School, Cleckheaton, is not sure this can be achieved.
He said: "I think the children may have to be moved to other schools. Whatever happens, we have to do what's in their best interests."
Mr Davis, who took over as executive head in September, was not surprised Ofsted put the school in special measures after the inspection in February and March.
He said: "It goes without saying that everyone in the school is very disappointed, but last year's test results made it almost impossible to prevent going into special measures."
Mr Davis did not disagree with Ofsted's findings.
He added: "No-one would argue that the school gives an acceptable level of education."