Former headteacher sacked from Harlesden school loses appeal

Panel rules Alan King was rightly fired from post

A former primary school headteacher who was sacked following allegations of financial and curriculum mismanagement has lost his appeal against his dismissal.

Alan King was fired from his post at Furness Primary School in Furness Road, Harlesden, in October following his suspension in January this year after Brent Council received a confidential letter questioning his conduct.

Last week, panel upheld decision to fire him which was undertaken by an Interim Executive Board which had replaced the school’s governing board.

Mr King chose not to attend the meeting.

Krutika Pau, Brent Council’s director of children and families, said: “Brent Council fully supports the decision of the Interim Executive Board at Furness Primary School to dismiss Alan King from his post as headteacher.

“When concerns and allegations of serious mismanagement of resources were raised, the council acted swiftly to suspend Mr King. We also took control of the school’s budget, established an Interim Executive Board to oversee the running of the school and appointed an acting head to take the school forward.

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“We will not tolerate behaviour which threatens to damage the educational achievements of young people in Brent. Our primary concern has always been the wellbeing and educational achievement of the children who attend our schools, and we will always act promptly and decisively when that is under threat.”