Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shoesmith Blasted for Sacking Head

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shoesmith Blasted for Sacking Head

Article excerpt

Byline: Tim Ross Education Correspondent

BABY P council chief Sharon Shoesmith is facing fresh attacks on her character over claims that she "callously" sacked a popular headteacher. Children and parents protested outside the John Loughborough Seventh-day Adventist School in Haringey over the treatment of the head, June Alexis, in 2008.

Ms Shoesmith was allegedly "dishonest" in dismissing Dr Alexis, who claims Haringey's former children's services director wanted to dilute the school's religious ethos.

The claims were made at an employment tribunal hearing the case Dr Alexis is bringing against Haringey council for unfair dismissal. The school had been part of Haringey's state education system, overseen by Ms Shoesmith, since 1998 but GCSE results were not up to scratch and Dr Alexis was appointed in 2005 to improve grades.

East London Employment Tribunal heard that Ms Shoesmith oversaw a "rushed" report into the school's performance before calling Dr Alexis for a meeting in February 2008 to inform her she was no longer wanted. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.