A primary school is in chaos after the entire teaching staff quit. Sixteen teachers – including two heads and a number of staff with more than 20 years’ service – have left since the start of the year.

Many teachers have previously been signed off for stress with the final seven members of staff leaving as the summer term ended today. Union reps and insiders are blaming the leadership at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School for the extraordinary walkout. Parents were told by governors at the school in Kingswood, Bristol that an entirely new teaching staff would be in place from September.

Teachers at the school said they had to leave because it was “impossible” to work with the high workloads, and that they did not take the decision to leave lightly. SATs results at the end of 2016 were below the floor standard set by the Department for Education, with less than one quarter of pupils achieving the required standard for reading, writing and maths. One teacher, who did not want to be named, said: “All of the teachers are leaving. We’ve had enough. Many of them were signed off with stress, and the pressure was unreasonable. We were told if we did not follow the head’s methods, we would not be welcome at the school.”