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Since the disclosure in June 2012 to the Academy by the
Education Funding Agency of whistle blower allegations against the Head Teacher
of Quintin Kynaston Academy Trust, Jo Shuter, governors have worked rigorously,
following proper procedure and taking best legal, HR and Education professional
advice, to first determine whether there was a sufficient basis to pursue a
disciplinary investigation, and secondly to conduct this investigation and
hearing. At all times during this process, the Academy has conferred with its
contractual partners (the EFA and Westminster City Council) to ensure our
compliance with their contractual expectations.
Following a lengthy and robust disciplinary process the
panel upheld some allegations of misconduct wholly or in part and dismissed
others and took the decision to impose a sanction of an indefinite final
written warning, to reflect the seriousness of its findings. Furthermore the
panel required the school to put in place supervision, monitoring and review of
the areas that had caused most concern, namely financial and human resource
management. The governing body subsequently lifted the suspension and
reinstated Jo Shuter to the leadership of the school, making arrangements with
Jo to put in place the necessary conditions and safeguards.
Whilst we as the governing body have reinstated Jo,
following the publication of the EFA report last week Jo felt her position at
QK had become untenable. She has today proffered her resignation, which we have
accepted. Governors will now move to the appointment of a new Principal for the
Academy, whilst maintaining the stability and performance of the school, which
has been successfully led, during this year, by the Acting Head Teacher and his
Governors would like to take this opportunity to thank
the officers of the Educational Funding Agency and of Westminster City Council
for all the professional support they have given to the school. We would want
to assure our own school, the local community and tax payers that finance this
school, that QK governors are determined to respond efficiently and effectively
to the EFA's notice to improve and to strengthen the system of internal
financial controls to ensure that the school is adjudged outstanding in
relation to its financial management under new leadership.
It is with sadness and regret that I have taken the
difficult decision to tender my resignation as Headteacher of QK Academy
following the Governors decision to reinstate me after lengthy investigation.
My 11 years of headship have been a source of pride and
I feel privileged to have worked with the most dedicated
and committed teachers, support staff, governors and members of the wider QK
community. I would also like to thank the wonderfully supportive parents and
the most inspiring and resilient young people.
I wish you success and peace in whatever choices you make
for your futures - you will stay in my memories forever.
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