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New twist in school scandal

PUBLISHED: 11:55 29 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:42 24 August 2010

A headteacher and three members of staff at a scandal-hit secondary school are facing disciplinary charges after the council found evidence of financial wrong-doing. Sir Alan Davies, head teacher of Copland School in Cecil Avenue, Wembley, Dr Richard Eva

A headteacher and three members of staff at a scandal-hit secondary school are facing disciplinary charges after the council found evidence of financial wrong-doing.

Sir Alan Davies, head teacher of Copland School in Cecil Avenue, Wembley, Dr Richard Evans, deputy head teacher, Columbus Udokoro, bursar, and Michelle Bishop, human resources manager, had all previously been suspended from their posts following accusations of huge bonus payouts.

The Times revealed earlier this year how Sir Alan had been accused of receiving thousands of pounds of bonuses while students were taught in rundown classrooms.

Whistleblower teacher Hank Roberts handed a dossier of evidence over to the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) which was then handed over to Brent Council for their own investigation which has now concluded.

A Brent Council spokeswoman said: "Brent Council has found evidence of gross financial mismanagement at Copland School during its recent investigation.

"The council has submitted a report of its findings to the chair of the School's Interim Executive Board.

"The report concludes that there are strong grounds for charges of gross misconduct in relation to the financial mismanagement by four members of staff who are currently suspended - headteacher, deputy headteacher, bursar and HR manager.

"In light of the report the chair of the board has decided to institute disciplinary proceedings against the four staff alleging gross misconduct.

"The council and the board cannot comment further until the outcomes of the disciplinary proceedings are known. The report is confidential as publication could prejudice the disciplinary procedures."

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