Amesbury CE Primary School

Interim Executive Board (IEB)

The IEB at Amesbury VC CE Primary School

School Values: Kindness, Dignity, Endurance

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.

Colossians 3:23


As you know Amesbury CE Primary was recently inspected by OFSTED and as part of the outcome of the inspection there have been some temporary changes made to governance within the school. My name is John Croker and I am the Chair of the newly formed Interim Executive Board (IEB) at Amesbury CE Primary School.

I would like to start by expressing my appreciation of all the hard work and commitment of the governors in the last few years. I am fully aware of all the turbulence and changes of leadership the School has suffered in recent years, and this has undoubtedly made the job of the governors very difficult indeed. I look forward to meeting them over the coming weeks and months, and hearing their thoughts and views.

We are a committed IEB made up of a team of individuals representing the local community, Wiltshire Authority and Church, alongside staff. The IEB have a diverse range of backgrounds, experience and skills, and work in partnership with the school leadership team to drive continuous improvement in the performance of the school, and to ensure every child at Amesbury Primary School has the best possible educational experience.

Everything we do is inspired by our school’s three core Christian values of dignity, endurance and kindness. Amesbury Primary School is ambitious for all its pupils; we share and support the headteacher’s vision of raised aspirations at the school. 

Ultimately, the IEB aims to provide the right balance of support and effective challenge, both for the school and the Headteacher. To do this, we use key strategic documents including the School Improvement and Development Plans. 

The IEB has clearly defined roles and responsibilities which include: 

  • Ensuring that Safeguarding and all school policies and procedures are fit for purpose and appropriately applied
  • Ensuring we provide our pupils with a well planned, progressive curriculum that motivates and inspires.
  • Providing evidence to school inspectors of our strategic role and impact on performance in school.
  • Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the school, and carrying out evaluation to improve the quality and impact of our governance
  • Looking at how well groups of pupils are performing and ensuring action is taken by school leadership if there are any concerns
  • Ensuring the best possible outcomes for our vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils
  • Maintaining close links with the church so that the Christian ethos of the school is preserved
  • Monitoring the school Budget
  • Ensuring that the school meets its legal responsibilities
  • Making decisions about the staffing structure, and supporting positive staff well being; this includes ensuring all staff are regularly appraised and their continuous professional development is appropriately supported
  • Overseeing the Sports Premium, making sure these funds for the development of PE and sport are well spent

We have fortnightly IEB meetings each term. The Headteacher provides a detailed report once a term and members look at data and independent reports. The IEB has specific responsibility for school finances and premises, and teaching & learning with a focus on the curriculum.  Each member is accountable to the full IEB and may, from time to time, co-opt individuals a with particular expertise.

Members visit the school as often as possible; we particularly enjoy talking to the children about their school. However members are not expected to make detailed decisions on the day to day running of the school. This responsibility is delegated to the Headteacher. We hope this information has given you an insight into our work as an IEB. We warmly invite you to visit our school to find out for yourselves about the strong and inclusive learning environment here at Amesbury VC CE Primary School. 

These are very exciting and positive times for the School and its community. As a long-standing Headteacher of a number of very different schools, I have been struck by the great potential here and just how many of the community are determined to bring about better times for the children. It is very clear to me that with Mrs Rogers as the newly arrived Headteacher, with a new Deputy Headteacher arriving in September and all the positive work that the whole staff team have carried out in recent months, the future looks very bright indeed.

With best wishes

J W Croker