An MP has called for board members at a free school trust to step down following the resignation of two more headteachers.

Enfield North MP Nick de Bois believes people are losing confidence in Cuckoo Hall Academy Trust after Matthew Laban, headteacher of Kingfishers Hall Academy, in The Ride, Enfield, and Alison Edmonds, headteacher at Woodpecker Hall Primary Academy, in Nightingale Lane, Edmonton, both resigned.

The trust runs five schools across the borough and had a series of suspensions last year following a Department for Education investigation into allegations of gross misconduct.

As a result of the investigation, the trust's executive headteacher Patricia Sowter, her husband Phil Sowter, a director on the board of trustees and Sharon Ahmet, headteacher of Cuckoo Hall Primary Academy, were suspended.

Sharon Ahmet and Patricia Sowter were both reinstated in their posts after being cleared internally, but Phil Sowter stepped down from his position.

Mr de Bois said: “Parents and now senior staff are worryingly losing confidence in the principal board members of cuckoo hall.

“After first such a damning report from the DfE and now the loss of support from senior staff they should put the children’s interest first and resign.”

The Education Funding Agency, a government body, threatened to cut funding to the academy if it did not improve.

A spokesman for Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust said: “Both Matthew and Alison have made fantastic contributions to our schools during their time here.  Matthew has decided to take up a new opportunity in September, but will be with us until the end of the year. Whilst Alison wishes to step back from her current role we are hopeful that she may stay on as a classroom teacher so that the Trust’s pupils continue to benefit from her expertise and experience.

“It would be absolutely wrong for anyone to suggest that today’s announcements are anything other than the staffing changes that are, sadly, a fact of life for all schools, and organisations.”