Former head and ex-deputy head arrested in Copland Community School police probe

Trio are quizzed over allegations of bonus payments to senior members of staff

THE former head of a secondary school is believed to be one of three people arrested this morning by cops investigating financial irregularities.

Detectives probing alleged bonus payments to senior staff at Copland Community School in Cecil Avenue, Wembley, are believed to be questioning 64-year-old Sir Alan Davies.

Dr Richard Evans, 53, the school’s ex-deputy head, and his 50-year-old wife Lesley Evans, who also worked at Copland, are also believed to have been arrested this morning.

Sir Alan, Dr Evans, Columbus Odokoro, school bursar, and Michelle Bishop, the school’s human resources manager, were all suspended from their posts following the allegations.

Sir Alan, who was knighted in 2000 for services to education, resigned from his post, as did Mr Odokoro and Ms Bishop.

Dr Evans, who received an MBE for services to education in 2003, was subsequently sacked by a disciplinary panel, made up of three members of an Interim Executive Board.