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 having retired from a senior role with the Suffolk Constabulary in 2014. He is currently also a member of the IEB for Murrayfield Primary School in Ipswich and a School Governor at Norton Primary School.
Becky Poynter is vice chair. She is an Education Consultant and National Leader of Governance and is currently working in a number of primary schools in Suffolk and Essex either as Chair or as a member of a Governing Board. She has also been a member of several IEB’s.
Neil Watts was Headteacher at Sudbury Upper School and Northgate High School, Ipswich. He has been a member of three IEBs and is a Board Member of Ofqual - the regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.
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 school is due to become part of the St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan Multi Academy Trust on 1st September 2016 and at that time the IEB will hand over to a Local Governing Body. In the meantime they are supporting the Interim Headteacher to improve the standards of education and learning at the school and raising pupil attainment.
The IEB can be contacted via the school admin team on