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Call to charge bonus school head

Sir Alan Davies
Sir Alan Davies earned 160,000, including bonus, in 2008

A teacher has called for the head of a London school who resigned ahead of a hearing into alleged financial mismanagement to be prosecuted.

Sir Alan Davies, head of Copland School, was suspended after it emerged he earned more than £160,000 last year.

He resigned before the disciplinary hearing at which his deputy was sacked for gross misconduct on Wednesday.

Whistle-blower Hank Roberts called for "criminal proceedings". The school said it is seeking legal advice.

Copland School's interim executive board revealed Sir Alan, who was suspended in May, resigned on 14 October ahead of his appearance before the disciplinary panel this week.

His deputy, Dr Richard Evans, who was also suspended and refused to appear before the panel, was dismissed following a hearing on Wednesday.

'Revoke knighthood'

A statement from the Wembley school said: "Dr Evans has been dismissed on the grounds of gross misconduct in relation to serious financial irregularities.

"The school's head teacher, Sir Alan Davis, was also asked to appear before a disciplinary panel this week. However, he formally resigned from his position on 14 October.

"It is not possible to take disciplinary action leading to dismissal against staff once they have resigned. The school is taking legal advice on further action to be taken."

In April Mr Roberts alleged senior managers took home £1m in bonuses in the past seven years.

Mr Roberts said: "I am not surprised Sir Alan Davies resigned before his disciplinary hearing."

He added the case "requires criminal proceedings being brought".

"Equally as his knighthood was awarded for services to education, surely this massive disservice to education should lead to its revocation?"

Suspended HR manager Michelle Bishop has also resigned from her post, while bursar Columbus Udokoro will face a disciplinary hearing in December.



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