Education chiefs are refusing to disclose why Hertfordshire County County has felt it necessary to take "swift and decisive action" over the management of a Sarratt primary school.

Concerns surrounding the management of Sarratt Church of England Primary School led to the council having to intervene in the running of the education establishment.

The county council is addressing the concerns, which arose from its regular monitoring process, over the leadership and management of the school in The Green.

However, the council is refusing to explain why they felt it was necessary to intervene in the running of the primary school.

Chris Hayward, cabinet member for education, said: "I appreciate that this situation may cause some anxiety, but rest assured that Hertfordshire County Council has taken swift and decisive action. 

"We do not take this action lightly. We believe it is necessary and in the best interests of the children, parents and wider community. The team appointed are very experienced and I’m confident that they will resolve any issues in a timely and effective manner."

The council will be working with Herts for Learning and the Diocese of St Albans and alongside the school’s governing body on a temporary basis, according to council spokesman, Simon Hoggett.

The school’s leadership is still in post and the governing body has not been disbanded, but council staff will be working alongside the school and take on the responsibility for financial and staffing matters.

Mr Hoggett said: "We would like to reassure the local community that the children are happy and safe at the school."

"We aim to ensure children have the best possible environment in which to learn when they return from their summer break."