New Interim Executive Board agreed for Bishopsford Arts College

Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove MP approved this week Merton Council’s application for an Interim Executive Board (IEB) at Bishopsford Arts College , Morden.

Approval comes after the school was placed in special measures following its latest Ofsted inspection earlier this year. The new board started work with immediate effect on 1 May and will be chaired by Hugh Betterton. Its main duties will be to govern the school and implement a series of improvements identified by Ofsted. The board will also lead the consultation on the school becoming an academy.

Further details on the consultation will be issued by the IEB in due course and will be published on Merton Council’s website.

Merton Council cabinet member for children’s services and education Councillor Maxi Martin said: “Our first priority is to ensure that results continue to rise as well as to oversee the wellbeing of the children and to make the transition from school to academy as smooth as possible. Many will have exams over the coming months, and we will work with the board and staff to ensure our young people are well supported during this time. We should all be optimistic for the school and the new start this consultation process will provide. There is so much potential at Bishopsford which we need to unlock through swiftly taking forward the improvements required.”

Chair of the new Interim Executive Board Hugh Betterton said: “Our job is to take this school forward by creating an environment in which pupils at Bishopsford can have a bright future where they all thrive and succeed. I am looking forward to working with the staff and board members to ensure we give the school the leadership it needs to create a place of educational excellence for the future.”

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Notes to editors

An Interim Executive Board (IEB): Section 65 of the 2006 Act enables the local authority to apply to the Secretary of State for consent to constitute the governing body as an IEB in accordance with Schedule 6 to the 2006 Act. An IEB can be used to accelerate improvement in standards and attainment. The IEB will take on the responsibilities of a normally constituted governing body, including the management of the budget, the curriculum, staffing, pay and performance management and the appointment of the headteacher and deputy headteacher.