Disgraced 'superhead' to take over at king Solomon High School in Barkingside in September

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A controversial 'superhead' who resigned after being slammed for inappropriately using cash meant for pupils has been named as the new headteacher of King Solomon High School in Barkingside.

Jo Shuter was named the country's best headteacher in 2007 for her work at the Quintin Kynaston Academy in St John's Wood, but stepped down after being disciplined by governors there over her expenses.

In June King Solomon High refused to comment on reports she was being lined up for the role.

But late yesterday governors confirmed to parents that Ms Shuter will be employed on an interim basis.

The Guardian understands some parents are outraged by the decision.

A Department for Education's investigation into Ms Shuter in her previous job, published in May, concluded that she had not exercised "proper financial control" while in charge.

In two cases inspectors found travel expenses claims had been made more than once for the same thing, which "could amount to fraud".

The report revealed that in 2012 Ms Shuter and her senior leadership team spent more than £8,000 of the school's money on an "overnight meeting" at the up-market Grove Hotel in Chandlers Cross and £4,400 for a similar stay at the Landmark Hotel.

She was additionally criticised for failing to declare business interests despite having close links to school suppliers.

In a statement, King Solomon governors said Ms Shuter had been chosen following a "thorough and meticulous recruitment process".

They said she would take the job up on September 2 following the departure of current headteacher Spencer Lewis.

The statement added: "Jo Shuter is known for her exceptional ability to achieve educational excellence through transformational leadership".

Stephanie Sollosi, chair of governors, said: "Whilst the governing body was to appoint a headteacher on a substantive basis, it was felt that a short probationary period would be appropriate for such a significant appointment.

"The prospect of a substantive appointment remains the desire of the governing body going forward as it has absolute confidence in Ms Shuter's abilities".

The school has also issued a statement from Ms Shuter.

She said: "I feel privileged to be joining King Solomon High School, which I believe has a fantastic future.

"I am very much looking forward to getting to know the pupils, staff and parents, many of whom I enjoyed meeting during the interview process - and to working together to become outstanding, both in the secular circculum and in the provision of Jewish Studies".

More to follow.

Are you a parent of a child at King Solomon High School? What do you think? Contact reporter Daniel Binns on 0779 547 6625 or via email at dbinns@london.newsquest.co.uk

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9:37am Tue 23 Jul 13

DaveE17 says...

This report states that 'In two cases inspectors found travel expenses claims had been made more than once for the same thing, which "could amount to fraud"'. It's lucky Ms Shuter wasn't an MP or member of the House of Lords, then, or she might have gone to jail, and I'm rather puzzled as to why the Department for Education didn't feel that her case warranted police investigation, as in the case of alleged fraud by staff at Copland Community School in Wembley. Anyway, it's nice to see she's making a fresh start as she sounds like the perfect candidate to guide the moral, spiritual and educational development of the nation's young. Let's hope she's equally understanding when she confronts a misbehaving pupil who insists 'I didn't do it'.
This report states that 'In two cases inspectors found travel expenses claims had been made more than once for the same thing, which "could amount to fraud"'. It's lucky Ms Shuter wasn't an MP or member of the House of Lords, then, or she might have gone to jail, and I'm rather puzzled as to why the Department for Education didn't feel that her case warranted police investigation, as in the case of alleged fraud by staff at Copland Community School in Wembley. Anyway, it's nice to see she's making a fresh start as she sounds like the perfect candidate to guide the moral, spiritual and educational development of the nation's young. Let's hope she's equally understanding when she confronts a misbehaving pupil who insists 'I didn't do it'. DaveE17

10:12am Tue 23 Jul 13

Billy Yerache says...

No shame?
No shame? Billy Yerache

12:10pm Tue 23 Jul 13

Tom Thumb says...

DaveE17 wrote:
This report states that 'In two cases inspectors found travel expenses claims had been made more than once for the same thing, which "could amount to fraud"'. It's lucky Ms Shuter wasn't an MP or member of the House of Lords, then, or she might have gone to jail, and I'm rather puzzled as to why the Department for Education didn't feel that her case warranted police investigation, as in the case of alleged fraud by staff at Copland Community School in Wembley. Anyway, it's nice to see she's making a fresh start as she sounds like the perfect candidate to guide the moral, spiritual and educational development of the nation's young. Let's hope she's equally understanding when she confronts a misbehaving pupil who insists 'I didn't do it'.
A misbehaving pupil should in the first instance flatly deny all knowledge of the misbehaviour. When the misbehaviour is established beyond all doubt the pupil should then attribute the previous denial to an unfortunate lapse of memory.
Forgiveness is available for anyone with the right sort of background.
Anyone else will be expelled.
[quote][p][bold]DaveE17[/bold] wrote: This report states that 'In two cases inspectors found travel expenses claims had been made more than once for the same thing, which "could amount to fraud"'. It's lucky Ms Shuter wasn't an MP or member of the House of Lords, then, or she might have gone to jail, and I'm rather puzzled as to why the Department for Education didn't feel that her case warranted police investigation, as in the case of alleged fraud by staff at Copland Community School in Wembley. Anyway, it's nice to see she's making a fresh start as she sounds like the perfect candidate to guide the moral, spiritual and educational development of the nation's young. Let's hope she's equally understanding when she confronts a misbehaving pupil who insists 'I didn't do it'.[/p][/quote]A misbehaving pupil should in the first instance flatly deny all knowledge of the misbehaviour. When the misbehaviour is established beyond all doubt the pupil should then attribute the previous denial to an unfortunate lapse of memory. Forgiveness is available for anyone with the right sort of background. Anyone else will be expelled. Tom Thumb

12:11pm Tue 23 Jul 13

Tom Thumb says...

You can see why she's laughing!
You can see why she's laughing! Tom Thumb

1:31pm Tue 23 Jul 13

mdj says...

'In two cases inspectors found travel expenses claims had been made more than once for the same thing, which "could amount to fraud".

I'm afraid Dave E17 is too optimistic: Mr and Mrs Balls claimed two sets of MPs expenses on the same house, and nothing happened to them at all. Until people like that go to jail we'll know that this country's governing class is unclean.
'In two cases inspectors found travel expenses claims had been made more than once for the same thing, which "could amount to fraud". I'm afraid Dave E17 is too optimistic: Mr and Mrs Balls claimed two sets of MPs expenses on the same house, and nothing happened to them at all. Until people like that go to jail we'll know that this country's governing class is unclean. mdj

2:28pm Tue 23 Jul 13

Billy Yerache says...

Why do people get rewarded by failure and deceit these days?

It is beyond me and I feel that if my child was at this school, I would want answers?
Why do people get rewarded by failure and deceit these days? It is beyond me and I feel that if my child was at this school, I would want answers? Billy Yerache

8:38am Wed 24 Jul 13

Robert19 says...

Presumably the governors have allocated thousands of pounds from the school budget for hospitality payments, staff birthday parties and expensive awaydays for senior staff.
An outrageous appointment even as a stop gap.
Presumably the governors have allocated thousands of pounds from the school budget for hospitality payments, staff birthday parties and expensive awaydays for senior staff. An outrageous appointment even as a stop gap. Robert19

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