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Wednesday, 2 October, 2002, 09:46 GMT 10:46 UK
Head teacher nets 120,000
State school head teachers usually earn about 50,000
A head teacher recruited to run a new state secondary school is to be paid what is to believed to be a record-breaking wage.

Alastair Falk is being given a package worth 120,000 to head a new city academy in west London.

The school, which will be known as the West London Academy, in Ealing, is funded both by the government and private sponsorship.

Mr Falk is currently head teacher at the King Solomon High School in East London, where he has been credited with boosting pupils' performance.

Last year more than three quarters of its pupils scored five A to C grades at GCSE.


Mr Falk's wage is thought to make him the UK's highest paid state school head teacher.

According to the Times Educational Supplement, state school heads earn an average of 48,000, while head teachers in the private sector earn between 70,000 and 80,000.

Previously, the biggest pay award was believed to be that of Michael Murphy, a so-called "superhead" being paid 96,000 to turn around Crown Woods School in Greenwich, south east London.

The new school, in Northolt, Ealing, replaces Compton High School.

It is opening next September on the existing site, but the following year will move into a new building designed by the award-winning architect Sir Norman Foster.


The project costs about 20m, with sponsors putting in about one fifth of that.

One of the biggest sponsors is Sir Alec Reed, the founder of the Reed recruitment group, who has donated 2m.

He said Mr Falk had a "passion for education and a great depth of experience".

He said: "Parents who send their children to the West London Academy can be assured of the very best teaching.

"The academy will be proud to be a comprehensive school, but one with grammar school standards."

City academies are not under local education authority control but are not allowed to charge fees.

Mr Falk said he was attracted to the job by the flexibility and openness of the city academies, not the money.

He said: "I believe that the challenge for education today is creating schools that matter.

"They need to speak and listen to young people and give them the understanding that the power to succeed lies in their own hands."

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