Long Melford Church of England

Cordell Road, Long Melford, Suffolk, CO10 9ED     01787 379929


Voluntary Controlled Primary School



Following the Ofsted Inspection in June 2015, the Local Authority and Governing Body resolved that it was in the best interests of the school and its pupils for an Interim Executive Board (IEB) to be established to oversee school improvement.


The IEB was established on 6th August 2015 and is composed of Paul Marshall, Neil Watts and Becky Poynter. They all have experience of working on IEBs.


Paul Marshall was appointed as Chair. He has experience of chairing IEBs and School Improvement Boards in Suffolk, (Martlesham Primary School - Chair of the IEB, Dell Primary School, Lowestoft - Member of the IEB, Elm Tree Primary School (Lowestoft) - IEB Member, Albert Pye Primary School - LA appointed Additional Governor, and Norton CEVC Primary School - School Governor) having retired from a senior role with the Suffolk Constabulary in 2014.



Becky Poynter is vice chair and is an Education Consultant and experienced Chair of Governors. RBP Consulting Services, Wheatley, Hall Road, Belchamp Walter. Consultant Governor, Director. IEB Member, Martlesham primary School, Blacktile Lane, Martlesham.



Neil Watts was Headteacher at Northgate High School for over 17 years.

IEB Member Martlesham Primary School. Board Member, Ofqual, Spring Place, Herald Avenue, Coventry.



The IEB has the same functions and responsibilities as a Governing Body and is made up of professional people who are able to dedicate their time and expertise to working with the Headteacher to ensure improvement and high standards of educational achievement.  The members are all passionate about giving children the best possible start in life and believe that Long Melford Primary School has the potential to become outstanding.  They will do all that they can to realise that potential.


The immediate focus in September 2015 will be on establishing effective governance and supporting the Headteacher to act on the key issues identified by Ofsted. Alongside this they will be considering whether it is in the longer-term interests of pupils for the school to become an academy.  When they are in a position to do so, they will be seeking the views of staff, parents and carers and other key stakeholders on any proposals before determining a way forward.


The IEB can be contacted via the school admin team on