Chair of governors at Turnham Primary claims for Menorca travel

If you live in Menorca, don't become the chair of governors at a Brockley school. The BBC reports:

The chair of governors of a school in south-east London claimed expenses for travel from his home in Menorca in Spain, the BBC has learnt. In two months, £286 was claimed in air and rail fares for Cliff Pearce, chair of Turnham Primary School, to attend meetings. Lewisham Council identified his "unusual expenses" and concerns over human resources at the school.

More details here.

10 comments:

Ali said...

Absolute disgrace. I got flights for far less

Truth said...

this is the tip of the iceberg at this school. Financial control and audit by Lewisham local authority has been weak to pick this up over the years. Now they are criticising

lew said...

As a foundation school the LA has a much smaller role than with maintained schools - not fair to blame Lewisham for this.

Nigel said...

They must be jailed, this is misappropriation of funds plain and simple, the parents should force change. If it was my kids primary school I would be calling the police in.

Woman of Brockley said...

The BBC report includes this very odd bit: 'An investigation was carried out after attempts were made to suspend new head teacher, Louise Salewski, after only five days in the post, without due process being followed.

The local authority said the suspension was "aborted".' What on earth is going on there?

Shwenn said...

I wondered the same!

Tyler said...

The school was declared GOOD in an OFSTED report in March 2013, the head governor is shown as Cliff Pearce and the head teacher as Denise Dance.

"The head teacher and members of the governing body have developed a dedicated staff team who are highly committed to the aims of the school. Leaders have raised standards over the last three years in reading, mathematics and the Early Years Foundation Stage. They have also worked successfully to raise pupils’ attendance above the national average."

"Members of the governing body have high expectations and hold the leadership team to account by challenging the school’s work against the outcomes for pupils. They have a clear understanding of what the school does well through their use of pupil performance data. They base financial decisions on strategies to improve outcomes for pupils. They monitor the school’s performance and are careful to appoint high-quality staff. They are in the process of adopting a new performance management policy. They are aware of the quality of teaching and link this to pay progression, only rewarding teachers when their teaching performance meets the high standards expected by the school. Governors evaluate the use of the pupil premium and have successfully supported work to increase the rates of attainment for those it is intended to support. Plans to improve the school clearly identify the next steps and are based on rigorous evaluation of the progress pupils are making."

Tyler said...

The school website has, Headteacher: Louise Salewski.

Jo said...

The new headteacher took over during this last half term. We as parents were not told about this so I do wonder who the parents are that are referred to in the article.

truth said...

The fact remains that the "responsible officer" for finance is the ex HT before Denise Dance. How outrageous is that. Total conflict of interest and getting paid. Why is this guy still there? Is he continuing to run the show? What is there to hide here? I heard he lives in Slovakia most of the year hence the £600 telephone bill. So why is he paid?

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