Former Ofsted chief to return as interim head

Former Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw will be returning to school leadership, taking up the post of interim head of JFS - a Jewish mixed comprehensive school in Kenton, North West London.

Sir Michael was Ofsted chief inspector between 2012 and 2016, and was also head of Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney, and of St Bonaventure's Catholic school, in Forest Gate.

Wilshaw returned to the classroom for the first time in 15 years last year when a former colleague asked him to do some supply teaching after an entire history department was forced to self-isolate.

A letter to parents on Monday, said: "I am delighted to announce that Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s former chief inspector of schools and former headteacher of Mossbourne Academy, has agreed to be interim executive principal for the remainder of this term. He will be supported by Dame Joan McVittie, a former London Headteacher, safeguarding expert and a senior Ofsted inspector.

"Dr Oliver Walton and Mrs Anna Joseph from the school’s senior leadership team are also taking lead supporting roles.

"Parents and carers will have a chance to meet Sir Michael, Dame Joan and the team at a special online meeting, the details of which will be circulated shortly. We appreciate that changes of this nature cause concern. We have full confidence in this team along with the entire staff body to deliver the educational priorities and to maintain the Jewish ethos of the school."