Isle of Wight Council appoints a new governor to Cowes Enterprise College. Picture by Robin Crossley.
THE Isle of Wight Council has used its legal powers of intervention to help drag a failing school out of special measures.
It is to appoint a new governor at Cowes Enterprise College, which was branded inadequate by Ofsted earlier this year.
Although the school is run independently by the Cowes Pathfinder Trust, the council has the power to step in if the school is failing.
Under the Education Act 2006, the council can take control of the governing body and even withdraw the trust's contract to run the school.
Chief executive Steve Beynon announced at last Thursday’s meeting of the authority's children and young people scrutiny panel the council had taken the decision to appoint a new governor.
"Cowes Enterprise College is still a maintained school through the trust, and we are holding that trust and governing body to account for the actions they are taking. We are carrying out the challenging role you would expect us to be carrying out," he said.
The new governor has yet to be named.
An action plan drawn up by the school, which includes recruiting education experts from Kent County Council, has been submitted to Ofsted, and inspectors are due to visit the school within the next fortnight.
Mr Beynon said it was disappointing both Cowes Enterprise College and Sandown Bay Academy had been placed in special measures by Ofsted.
"I told this committee last October the new framework was likely to expose fault lines that exist in the three-tier system. Now we have the complete progress data, whereas in the past it was difficult for Ofsted to make those judgements," he said.
"It's the quality of the teaching that has been found to be inadequate. That's the responsibility of the governing body, and sadly they have both been found wanting."