Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Head Faces Sack over School's '[Pounds Sterling]1.6m Bonuses'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Head Faces Sack over School's '[Pounds Sterling]1.6m Bonuses'

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Byline: Tim Ross education Correspondent

A LEADING London headteacher and three of his senior staff are facing the sack over an alleged [pounds sterling]1.6 million bonus scandal.

Sir Alan Davies, headteacher of Copland Community College in Wembley, has been suspended since May over claims that he oversaw a culture of nepotism and greed at the 1,900-pupil school.

It was alleged that he took more than [pounds sterling]600,000 in "unlawful and irrational" payments while classrooms crumbled. At least nine other senior staff -- and Sir Alan's caretaker son -- are also thought to have received payments.

After a four-month inquiry, Brent council auditors said today that they found evidence of "gross financial mismanagement". A spokeswoman said: "There are strong grounds for charges of gross misconduct in relation to the financial mismanagement by four members of staff who are currently suspended." The school's interim board of governors will begin formal disciplinary action against the four -- Sir Alan, his deputy Dr Richard Evans, bursar Columbus Udokoro and HR manager Michelle Bishop. …

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