Calls for former Wembley headteacher to be stripped of knighthood

Copland Community School is in Cecil Avenue, Wembley

Copland Community School is in Cecil Avenue, Wembley - Credit: Archant

Calls for the former headteacher of a Wembley secondary school accused of a £2.7m bonus fraud to be stripped of his knighthood have been made today, Friday.

Sir Alan Davies and five other ex-staff of Copland Community School in Cecil Avenue were cleared of fraud charges at Southwark Crown Court yesterday, Thursday.

But Sir Alan, who resigned from his £160,000-a-year post in October 2009, was handed a 12-month sentence, suspended for two years.

He pleaded guilty to creating a false paper trail on bonus payments and allowances.

Now the leader of Brent Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt, has appealed for the fraudster’s title to be revoked.

Cllr Butt said: “Alan Davies’ behaviour was wholly irresponsible.

“Brent’s dedicated and upstanding education community remains deeply shocked, as do I.

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“This is an individual who held a position of great trust, yet chose to deceive all.

“He has bought shame on the school and our borough, and does not deserve to continue to hold a knighthood.”