This week, Torfaen Council received approval by Kirsty Williams, the Welsh Government Minister for Education to replace the Cwmbran High School governing body with an Interim Executive Board (IEB).
The council applied to Welsh Government to replace the governing body with an IEB in July. The IEB will be established on Monday 16th September 2019 and will remain in operation until such time that the school has made sufficient progress.
Torfaen’s Chief Education Officer, Dermot McChrystal said: “We’ve closely monitored the schools progress and made a number of interventions, however, the IEB will now take on the responsibilities of the governing body including the management of the budget, the curriculum, the staffing, pay and performance management and the appointment of the currently vacant headteacher post. The IEB’s priority is to secure a sound basis for future improvement in the school and promote high standards of educational achievement.”
The current governing body will cease to be in effect at the time the IEB is established.
The IEB will initially consist of two current members of the governing body, Jan English and Lyndon Puddy but further members may be appointed in due course. The local authority will review the role of the IEB no later than the 30th September 2020.
Dermot McChrystal added: “If the review indicates the school is making sufficient progress, the council will consider making arrangements to establish a shadow governing body at least 6 months before the IEB steps down. This enables the shadow body to work alongside the IEB and enables the IEB to start delegating functions to the shadow board during a transition period before it assumes the full powers of a governing body.”
Cllr David Yeowell said: “I would once again like to thank every governor for their time, energy and commitment to the school. I know they all want to see the very best for our learners but I believe the IEB will allow the whole school community to move forward at pace and will help the school to prosper as it should.”