26 May 2017: At BRI, our business recovery work includes helping underperforming companies address their financial and operational problems. Alan Limb, from our Southampton Office, has used that experience to assist his local primary school in Niton, Isle of Wight. The school was placed into Special Measures by Ofsted in 2013 and was judged to be “inadequate”. That prompted an overhaul of the school, which included Alan volunteering as a governor in 2015.
Alan and his fellow governors have worked hard to ensure that the school improves the standard of education for all pupils. He has concentrated on the school’s management, being involved in a full review of its finances to identify overhead cost savings. He was interviewed as part of the recent audit of the school by PwC, who commented favourably on the school’s financial procedures.
Educational improvement at the school has been achieved with specialist support from the local authority and by forming a federation with another school, The Bay in Sandown. Resources are shared, in particular an Executive Head who oversees both schools. Again, Alan has used his professional skills to help address the cultural challenges involved in this merger and the amalgamation of two governing bodies.
This turnaround strategy has generated a successful outcome. The school’s rating increased to “requires improvement” when Ofsted visited in 2015. Ofsted inspected the school again earlier this month and have confirmed its rating is now “good” with the school achieving that performance in all five categories assessed.
Ofsted reported, “Governors are proactive in ensuring they have a suitable spread of knowledge and skills and have recruited new governors wisely.” Alan said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed using my professional skills in helping to deliver the required improvement at Niton Primary School and being part of a successful turnaround.”