Headteachers: Sacked, resigned, suspended, not sure

In the past week or so I’ve been writing a lot about head teachers who have, for one reason or another, left the job in strange circumstances.

Clair Bowen for example who has resigned from Donisthorpe Primary School a couple of months after she was suspended after an alleged incident on a school trip. Leicestershire County Council announced at the time they were going to investigate what had gone on but that did not take place. Before her suspension internet message boards had been abuzz with parents criticising her running of the school.

Stranger goings-on still at Slater Primary School, in Frog Island, Leicester. The school was issued with an official warning before Christmas amid several grievance procedures against the head, Robert Wilford, by staff, accusation and counter-accusation, and concerns about job-losses because of the perilous state of the finances.

Mr Wilford went absent for personal reasons and a new day-to-day head and executive head brought in.

Mr Wilford resigned. Leicester City Council accepted his resignation. Then they decided not to accept his resignation as they delve deeper into what was happening at the school.

Now I’ve received an anonymous phone call about another head teacher who is apparently off work because of a complaint to the police against him. Allegedly he too has left his job. However, getting to the bottom of this one is proving slightly more difficult.

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7 Responses to Headteachers: Sacked, resigned, suspended, not sure

  1. Andrew says:

    Something that may be relevant to the Slater Primary situation is that as far as I’m aware (and I’ve seen several head teachers’ contracts) you aren’t allowed to resign while there are ongoing disciplinary proceedings (and possibly grievance proceedings too).

    • Ian says:

      Thanks Andrew. That’s an interesting and useful piece of information that I wasn’t aware of.

      • Andrew says:

        I think it’s fairly common in employment contracts generally, but I’m pretty sure it’s a standard clause in school contracts (might be worth having a word with your own HR people). Otherwise you could do something pretty dreadful, resign before the disciplinary hearing, and avoid having “dismissed for gross misconduct” on your CV.

  2. Anonymous says:

    leicester lea are very good at papering over the cracks.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Heads have a habit of disappearing when there is trouble on the horizon.

  4. anonymous says:

    I heard through the grapevine that Clair Bowen is once again working in the county at Ivanhoe College. It beggars belief that she could be allowed to teach again, let alone in the County.

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