Principal Veronica Matthews and chair of governors Douglas Bushby have both left the school ahead of latest Ofsted report.

The headteacher and head of govenors at Bideford College have both resigned before the release of the school's latest Ofsted report.

Principal Veronica Matthews and chair of governors Douglas Bushby have both left the school.

It was inspected by Ofsted last month, but the report is yet to be published.

In the last Ofsted inspection in 2013, the school was told it needed improvement.

Ms Matthews left the school at half-term to pursue other opportunities and has been replaced by Andrew Kilpatrick.

Over 20 years, Mr Kilpatrick has provided outstanding leadership in three secondary schools, the most recent a community college in Tottenham, North London.

During his time at Northumberland Park Community School, there was a dramatic improvement in exam results and the school was recognised by the Department for Education as one of the most improved in the country.

In 2009, Mr Kilpatrick was awarded the OBE for services to education and more recently he has been working as an education consultant.

Mr Kilpatrick will lead Bideford College until a permanent principal has been appointed.

Ms Matthews has been principal of Bideford College for the past 11 years, and said: "I have decided to retire from the college to pursue my other interests at a point that will allow governors to fill not just my position for September but also to allow a new principal to appoint their own vice principal to fill the current vacancy and to enable the college to move forward into the next chapter of its history."

Mr Kilpatrick said: "Bideford College clearly has the potential to become an outstanding school.

"I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead the development of the college prior to the appointment of a substantive principal and I look forward to working closely with the students, staff, governors and wider community."

Mr Humphries paid tribute to Ms Matthews' 'tireless work' to improve the college.

He said: "Her most important legacy will be her oversight of the multi-million pound rebuild between 2006 and 2011 and the leadership she provided through the disruption inevitably associated with a building programme of this scale.

"This, with so many other aspects of her work and that of the wider team of staff, has changed beyond recognition the ethos and culture within the college".

"In the years ahead, students and staff will continue to benefit from the learning environment which she helped to create.

"The governors would like to thank Veronica for her dedicated service to the college and wish her well for the future.

"We would also like to thank Douglas Bushby for giving up so much of his time, voluntarily, to serve the college and his community."