CHIEF Executive of the Island Innovation Trust (IIT), Judith Richardson, has lost her job after restructuring by the trust — just weeks after Medina and Carisbrooke Colleges failed to meet a crucial performance benchmark set by Ofsted.
In a letter to parents last week, chairman of the Island Innovation Trust governing body, Terrence Hart, revealed that from this Monday, the head teachers of both Medina College and Carisbrooke College would report directly to the head of the governors and the chief executive’s post had been lost during the exercise.
He said: "The trust and the governing body acknowledge the considerable contribution made by Judith Richardson in the post of chief executive in the creation of the college structures and subsequent work for the federation. Judith will now be pursuing opportunities elsewhere with our full support."
Earlier this month, the County Press reported how Carisbrooke and Medina Colleges had been ordered to seek specialist help following this year’s poor GCSE results.
Carisbrooke and Medina Colleges, both run by the IIT were urged by the IW Council to appoint a 'school improvement partner’ to oversee improvements, or face intervention from the authority.
Under the Education Act 2006, the council can take control of the governing body, call in Ofsted and, in the most extreme cases, withdraw IIT’s contract to run the schools.
As previously reported, only 32.5 per cent of Medina and 35 per cent of Carisbrooke College students achieved five or more A* to C grades, including English and Maths, failing to meet the crucial 40 per cent benchmark set by Ofsted.
The results were branded wholly unacceptable by the council. Last year, the schools’ percentage pass marks were 51 and 52 respectively.