THE headteacher and chair of governors at Northolt High School have resigned after a scathing Ofsted report.
Head Chris Modi and governor Lyn Woodcock quit after inspectors criticised the leadership and quality of teaching at the school in Eastcote Lane which has been placed in special measures.
The number of pupils achieving A* to C grades at GCSE has been below the national average for three years, teaching and learning was described as 'inadequate' and staff failed to make notable improvements since a 'satisfactory' inspection in 2008.
Mr Modi, senior staff and the governing body were singled out for the 'too little progress' made by its 1,401 students.
Ealing Council stepped in this week to set out an emergency action plan. It has applied to the Department for Education to replace the existing governing body, which runs the foundation school, to ensure 'rapid and sustained improvements' over the next 18 months.
They will be replaced by a 'hand-picked' team of experienced secondary headteachers and Ofsted inspectors and led by the former deputy chair of governors John Howard.
Councillor Patricia Walker, Ealing's schools chief, said: "As unsettling as this news may be for pupils, parents and staff, I would urge them all to see this as a positive move. This is an opportunity for the school to benefit from a group of experts, including a very experienced and successful head, that are focused on quickly and effectively turning Northolt High School around."
Deputy head Julie Porter will manage the school until a new headteacher is appointed.
Arwel Jones, headteacher of Brentside High in Hanwell, will lend his expertise as the executive head. He will be based at Northolt High four days a week but will continue to oversee both schools.
Calling for the support of staff and parents, he said: "This is a fresh start for the school and I am looking forward to the challenge."
Teaching will be monitored termly until a follow-up inspection in autumn 2013.
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