Parents of children at King Solomon High School start petition in support of Jo Shuter, who has admitted misconduct in a previous job

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Current King Solomon High School headteacher Jo Shuter admitted unacceptable professional conduct at a previous job. Current King Solomon High School headteacher Jo Shuter admitted unacceptable professional conduct at a previous job.

Parents have rallied behind a headteacher who faces losing her job after admitting expenses abuses.

Jo Shuter, who is currently running King Solomon High School in Forest Road, Barkingside, admitted unacceptable professional conduct in a previous job during a National College for Teaching and Leadership hearing last week.

She took over at the free school in September 2013, but faces being banned from teaching unsupervised for life.

Now a group of parents have started a petition today in an attempt to keep her at the school, which Ofsted has said requires improvement.

The petition states: "We've all heard the allegations, we all have opinions, and we can only work on fact. 

"Whilst no one can condone inappropriate actions, we below would like Ms Jo Shuter to remain as head of King Solomon High School to continue being the driving force of our amazing school.

"We believe in her, we support her, and we trust she will do the best for our children, our school and our community."

The son of Nick Titch, 44, from Chigwell, is headboy in Year 13 at the school.

He believes Ms Shuter's misconduct is not as serious as it appears.

He said: "In the grand scheme of things what she has done is not that serious.

"We are devastated she could leave as she turned the school around and looks set to be rated good at the next Ofsted inspection. 

"My son was disillusioned and was going to leave the school but Jo is an inspirational leader, and he says she was the best thing that happened to this school.

"Her leaving would be the worst thing."

Fran Barnes, 48, from Hainault, has a daughter in Year 11.

She praised the discipline Shuter has instilled in the school since taking over.

Ms Barnes said: "Many parents want her to stay. This school has come a long way since she took over in September.

"Jo introduced small disciplinary measures such as banning mobile phones, which has really improved the school.

"I understand the implications of what she did and I do not condone it, but I simply believe she is the right person for the job and for our children. 

Ms Shuter had resigned last year from Kynaston Community Academy in St John's Wood after the abuses emerged.

The hearing last week was brought after a government report found Jo Shuter had presided over the misuse of public funds, including claiming £7,000 for her birthday party.

She admitted unacceptable professional conduct and a decision is due on her future.

She was named headteacher of the year in 2007 for turning Kynaston Community Academy around and awarded a CBE in 2010.

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3:44pm Thu 8 May 14

MorrisHickey says...

An example to young people? Only a negative one. The governors were irresponsible in appointing her with these matters unresolved.
An example to young people? Only a negative one. The governors were irresponsible in appointing her with these matters unresolved. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 18

4:03pm Thu 8 May 14

Nlaniado66 says...

SHOULD JO SHUTER REMAIN AS HEAD OF KSHS?

I would like to know why parents think Jo Shuter should stay on or removed. I am for one do not doubt her capability as a professional, but my mais concern is Jo Shuter as a role model for the school and children and keeping the Jewish Ethos of the school.

My problem with her is not as previously mentioned is not as a professional. It is for what she did. As a teacher and lecturer myself I always put my students on first place. I treat them with a lot of respect and I work hard to pass on everything I know. For me working as a teacher is a pleasure. Seeing a child learning is something beautiful. A good teacher will never for one minute think of her own financial gain. She/he will make a living out of it but the best satisfaction u can get out of teaching and lecturing is seeing your students succeed and knowing u were a good role model to them and u inspired them.
Taking money from students for your own gain is not doing a brilliant job.

At the first meeting she said and promised nothing would change and little by little it did. Not even Yom Hashoa was celebrated. It went blank. It was celebrated on Yom Haazmatut. Let me ask you parents if you found out that one of your kids teacher was under investigation or the PE teacher had a record would u approve of them as a role model for your children?? Bottom line she admitted to misusing the money for her own gain. What message does that send to the kids?

My kids go to KSHS and I can say I was shocked when I heard Jo Shuter was to be the new head, I spoke out but it fell on deaf ears, I told parents she was still being investigated and she was not a good Role Model for the children at the school. 8 months down the line her skeletons in her cupboard have fallen out. Hopefully Dfe and the National College for Teaching and Leadership will take the correct measures and struck her off, making of her an example to all heads not to abuse their Role as headmaster. How can she talk about honesty, morals and principles after admitting to misappropriating QK's school funds for her own good.
I know many parents of KSHS believe she is the most marvellous thing that has happened to the school, there is a petition to keep her on, but I do believe that parents who have a different view and believe the opposite should have the right to petition against it like I am.
SHOULD JO SHUTER REMAIN AS HEAD OF KSHS? I would like to know why parents think Jo Shuter should stay on or removed. I am for one do not doubt her capability as a professional, but my mais concern is Jo Shuter as a role model for the school and children and keeping the Jewish Ethos of the school. My problem with her is not as previously mentioned is not as a professional. It is for what she did. As a teacher and lecturer myself I always put my students on first place. I treat them with a lot of respect and I work hard to pass on everything I know. For me working as a teacher is a pleasure. Seeing a child learning is something beautiful. A good teacher will never for one minute think of her own financial gain. She/he will make a living out of it but the best satisfaction u can get out of teaching and lecturing is seeing your students succeed and knowing u were a good role model to them and u inspired them. Taking money from students for your own gain is not doing a brilliant job. At the first meeting she said and promised nothing would change and little by little it did. Not even Yom Hashoa was celebrated. It went blank. It was celebrated on Yom Haazmatut. Let me ask you parents if you found out that one of your kids teacher was under investigation or the PE teacher had a record would u approve of them as a role model for your children?? Bottom line she admitted to misusing the money for her own gain. What message does that send to the kids? My kids go to KSHS and I can say I was shocked when I heard Jo Shuter was to be the new head, I spoke out but it fell on deaf ears, I told parents she was still being investigated and she was not a good Role Model for the children at the school. 8 months down the line her skeletons in her cupboard have fallen out. Hopefully Dfe and the National College for Teaching and Leadership will take the correct measures and struck her off, making of her an example to all heads not to abuse their Role as headmaster. How can she talk about honesty, morals and principles after admitting to misappropriating QK's school funds for her own good. I know many parents of KSHS believe she is the most marvellous thing that has happened to the school, there is a petition to keep her on, but I do believe that parents who have a different view and believe the opposite should have the right to petition against it like I am. Nlaniado66
  • Score: 8

4:39pm Thu 8 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

It is like the incompetent Labour Councils being voted in by the blinkered voters and 'role model celebrities' being revered by the stupid and the naive , she is obviously a wrong un yet they say she made a 'mistake'.
It is like the incompetent Labour Councils being voted in by the blinkered voters and 'role model celebrities' being revered by the stupid and the naive , she is obviously a wrong un yet they say she made a 'mistake'. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 0

4:45pm Thu 8 May 14

MorrisHickey says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
It is like the incompetent Labour Councils being voted in by the blinkered voters and 'role model celebrities' being revered by the stupid and the naive , she is obviously a wrong un yet they say she made a 'mistake'.
But she did - the mistake of being found out.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: It is like the incompetent Labour Councils being voted in by the blinkered voters and 'role model celebrities' being revered by the stupid and the naive , she is obviously a wrong un yet they say she made a 'mistake'.[/p][/quote]But she did - the mistake of being found out. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 4

4:46pm Thu 8 May 14

T. Watts says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
It is like the incompetent Labour Councils being voted in by the blinkered voters and 'role model celebrities' being revered by the stupid and the naive , she is obviously a wrong un yet they say she made a 'mistake'.
It is like incompetent children dressed as darleks and blinkered green toothed lefties on the Orford Road.

C'mon Cornbeefur, up your game!
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: It is like the incompetent Labour Councils being voted in by the blinkered voters and 'role model celebrities' being revered by the stupid and the naive , she is obviously a wrong un yet they say she made a 'mistake'.[/p][/quote]It is like incompetent children dressed as darleks and blinkered green toothed lefties on the Orford Road. C'mon Cornbeefur, up your game! T. Watts
  • Score: 0

4:59pm Thu 8 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

T. Watts wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
It is like the incompetent Labour Councils being voted in by the blinkered voters and 'role model celebrities' being revered by the stupid and the naive , she is obviously a wrong un yet they say she made a 'mistake'.
It is like incompetent children dressed as darleks and blinkered green toothed lefties on the Orford Road.

C'mon Cornbeefur, up your game!
Twatts, you are talking about kids again! You sure you ain't on a register ?
[quote][p][bold]T. Watts[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: It is like the incompetent Labour Councils being voted in by the blinkered voters and 'role model celebrities' being revered by the stupid and the naive , she is obviously a wrong un yet they say she made a 'mistake'.[/p][/quote]It is like incompetent children dressed as darleks and blinkered green toothed lefties on the Orford Road. C'mon Cornbeefur, up your game![/p][/quote]Twatts, you are talking about kids again! You sure you ain't on a register ? Villagecranberry
  • Score: -5

6:16pm Thu 8 May 14

stickmanny says...

Cornbeefur can't even do sums. Stupid and naive.
Cornbeefur can't even do sums. Stupid and naive. stickmanny
  • Score: -2

9:28pm Thu 8 May 14

Nlaniado66 says...

She made some welcome changes BUT she is unprofessional in her friendly manner says way too much to wrong people ie pupils about firing/getting rid of teachers not enjoying celebrations such as purim! and other jewish holidays (i was under the impression KSHS is still a orthodox Jewish school?!) and generally dis respecting members of staff to pupils (our children)

Is this really a way we want a headteacher to behave ?? or is it just me ?
She made some welcome changes BUT she is unprofessional in her friendly manner says way too much to wrong people ie pupils about firing/getting rid of teachers not enjoying celebrations such as purim! and other jewish holidays (i was under the impression KSHS is still a orthodox Jewish school?!) and generally dis respecting members of staff to pupils (our children) Is this really a way we want a headteacher to behave ?? or is it just me ? Nlaniado66
  • Score: 5

10:14pm Thu 8 May 14

jackblack007 says...

sorry , good Headteacher or not, she's got to go
sorry , good Headteacher or not, she's got to go jackblack007
  • Score: 5

10:57pm Thu 8 May 14

steveparkin says...

People should read the report that was published into her behaviour. Contracts given to family members, furniture paid for by the school and delivered to her home, £7000 party paid for by the school and only refunded over a year later, thousands in taxi fares for her and her family charged to the school, mobile phone bills for her and her children charged to the school, in one case the same bill was charged twice! Her PA used to manage her private business, paid speaking engagements carried out during working hours - it just goes on and on. What on earth KSHS was doing taking on someone who systematically abused her position in her previous school I don't know!
People should read the report that was published into her behaviour. Contracts given to family members, furniture paid for by the school and delivered to her home, £7000 party paid for by the school and only refunded over a year later, thousands in taxi fares for her and her family charged to the school, mobile phone bills for her and her children charged to the school, in one case the same bill was charged twice! Her PA used to manage her private business, paid speaking engagements carried out during working hours - it just goes on and on. What on earth KSHS was doing taking on someone who systematically abused her position in her previous school I don't know! steveparkin
  • Score: 16

11:06pm Thu 8 May 14

MorrisHickey says...

steveparkin wrote:
People should read the report that was published into her behaviour. Contracts given to family members, furniture paid for by the school and delivered to her home, £7000 party paid for by the school and only refunded over a year later, thousands in taxi fares for her and her family charged to the school, mobile phone bills for her and her children charged to the school, in one case the same bill was charged twice! Her PA used to manage her private business, paid speaking engagements carried out during working hours - it just goes on and on. What on earth KSHS was doing taking on someone who systematically abused her position in her previous school I don't know!
Very well put. A reasonable and contrite person would hang her head in shame and ride off into darkness.
[quote][p][bold]steveparkin[/bold] wrote: People should read the report that was published into her behaviour. Contracts given to family members, furniture paid for by the school and delivered to her home, £7000 party paid for by the school and only refunded over a year later, thousands in taxi fares for her and her family charged to the school, mobile phone bills for her and her children charged to the school, in one case the same bill was charged twice! Her PA used to manage her private business, paid speaking engagements carried out during working hours - it just goes on and on. What on earth KSHS was doing taking on someone who systematically abused her position in her previous school I don't know![/p][/quote]Very well put. A reasonable and contrite person would hang her head in shame and ride off into darkness. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 8

8:29am Fri 9 May 14

Nlaniado66 says...

I find it amazing how some parents can be so blind and oblivious to it all. She gave my kid's year the excuse for the furniture saying that she bought furniture for her house and it didn't fit well hence she swapped it with school furniture! Come on what idiot would do that? You just and it back!
I am fuming with this all,good head master or not SHE SHOULDNT HAVE BEHAVED THE WAY SHE DID! WHAT EXAMPLE IS SHE SETTING FOR OUR KIDS?
The example of: LOOK KIDS U CAN DO WRONG AND GET AWAY WITH IT!
Might as well put a terrorist next as head master!
I find it amazing how some parents can be so blind and oblivious to it all. She gave my kid's year the excuse for the furniture saying that she bought furniture for her house and it didn't fit well hence she swapped it with school furniture! Come on what idiot would do that? You just and it back! I am fuming with this all,good head master or not SHE SHOULDNT HAVE BEHAVED THE WAY SHE DID! WHAT EXAMPLE IS SHE SETTING FOR OUR KIDS? The example of: LOOK KIDS U CAN DO WRONG AND GET AWAY WITH IT! Might as well put a terrorist next as head master! Nlaniado66
  • Score: 6

9:05am Fri 9 May 14

ADTChigwell says...

Cannot agree with the above comments. As a parent I want my child to be treated as a young adult and that's what she does. By being honest and open you get trust. I'm not condoning what she did but none of us are perfect and we all make mistakes, take punishment where appropriate, apologise and move on.

The school has been infinitely "happier" & focused since she joined.
As for the role model issue. Is there a better role model than one who is flawed, admits mistakes and turns their experiences into positive outcomes?

She is good at her job and if she I not breaking any rules where she is now, let her continue the good work she has started.

I'm fed up with this continual media witch hunt of people in public positions who are vilified by people who do not report or know all the facts.
Cannot agree with the above comments. As a parent I want my child to be treated as a young adult and that's what she does. By being honest and open you get trust. I'm not condoning what she did but none of us are perfect and we all make mistakes, take punishment where appropriate, apologise and move on. The school has been infinitely "happier" & focused since she joined. As for the role model issue. Is there a better role model than one who is flawed, admits mistakes and turns their experiences into positive outcomes? She is good at her job and if she I not breaking any rules where she is now, let her continue the good work she has started. I'm fed up with this continual media witch hunt of people in public positions who are vilified by people who do not report or know all the facts. ADTChigwell
  • Score: -6

10:35am Fri 9 May 14

DaveE17 says...

ADTChigwell states "By being honest and open you get trust". Jo Shuter was not "honest and open" when, as steveparkin states, she "systematically abused her position in her previous school". Far from this being a "continual media witch hunt of people in public positions who are vilified by people who do not report or know all the facts", the facts are well known, and the wrongdoing has now been admitted by Ms Shuter. However, she only admitted the offences when they were presented to her, rather than making a clean breast and confessing her systematic abuse before the allegations were brought to light. Therefore, I fail to understand how she can have any credibility as a headteacher in an environment where pupils are expected to conduct themselves in an honest manner and admit to their own failings or rule-breaking. The fact that some parents seemingly believe that someone who dissembled and connived to her own advantage is deserving of a role overseeing their children's moral and spiritual development reflects as badly on them as her admitted dishonest behaviour reflects on her.
ADTChigwell states "By being honest and open you get trust". Jo Shuter was not "honest and open" when, as steveparkin states, she "systematically abused her position in her previous school". Far from this being a "continual media witch hunt of people in public positions who are vilified by people who do not report or know all the facts", the facts are well known, and the wrongdoing has now been admitted by Ms Shuter. However, she only admitted the offences when they were presented to her, rather than making a clean breast and confessing her systematic abuse before the allegations were brought to light. Therefore, I fail to understand how she can have any credibility as a headteacher in an environment where pupils are expected to conduct themselves in an honest manner and admit to their own failings or rule-breaking. The fact that some parents seemingly believe that someone who dissembled and connived to her own advantage is deserving of a role overseeing their children's moral and spiritual development reflects as badly on them as her admitted dishonest behaviour reflects on her. DaveE17
  • Score: 5

11:53am Fri 9 May 14

Stacyshepkins says...

I believe that there has been huge positive changes since Jo Shuter has started at KSHS. She has removed staff members because of there inadequate teaching ability. The behaviour of the pupils has improved drematicaly since her arrival. As she has only been headteacher for a short ammount of time there will obviously be teething problems. KSHS is still a Jewish school, with a Jewish ethos.
What an unbelievable waste it would be for her to not to be able to teach.
As for her past mistakes, it won't be something she repeats. It shows true quality of charecter to put your hands up and admit you made a mistake. Is this not what we want to teach our children? Everyone makes mistakes, but putting them right is courageous. I support the petition to keep Jo Shuter at KSHS.
I believe that there has been huge positive changes since Jo Shuter has started at KSHS. She has removed staff members because of there inadequate teaching ability. The behaviour of the pupils has improved drematicaly since her arrival. As she has only been headteacher for a short ammount of time there will obviously be teething problems. KSHS is still a Jewish school, with a Jewish ethos. What an unbelievable waste it would be for her to not to be able to teach. As for her past mistakes, it won't be something she repeats. It shows true quality of charecter to put your hands up and admit you made a mistake. Is this not what we want to teach our children? Everyone makes mistakes, but putting them right is courageous. I support the petition to keep Jo Shuter at KSHS. Stacyshepkins
  • Score: -6

12:26pm Fri 9 May 14

DaveE17 says...

I agree with Stacyshepkins that "It shows true quality of character to put your hands up and admit you made a mistake". However, Ms Shuter only did this when she was directly accused and the overwhelming weight of evidence meant she had no option but to admit her systematic abuses. I think that "what we want to teach our children" is not to commit such systematic abuses and breaches of trust in the first place, rather than to go ahead with any misdeeds and wait to get caught like Ms Shuter. There is nothing "courageous" about what Ms Shuter has done and these were not "mistakes", but were instead a series of calculated frauds. And she hasn't put them right, merely confessed in the face of overwhelming evidence establishing guilt. Some parents appear to have a skewed sense of moral values and the type of virtues and attributes they wish to see inculcated in their children.
I agree with Stacyshepkins that "It shows true quality of character to put your hands up and admit you made a mistake". However, Ms Shuter only did this when she was directly accused and the overwhelming weight of evidence meant she had no option but to admit her systematic abuses. I think that "what we want to teach our children" is not to commit such systematic abuses and breaches of trust in the first place, rather than to go ahead with any misdeeds and wait to get caught like Ms Shuter. There is nothing "courageous" about what Ms Shuter has done and these were not "mistakes", but were instead a series of calculated frauds. And she hasn't put them right, merely confessed in the face of overwhelming evidence establishing guilt. Some parents appear to have a skewed sense of moral values and the type of virtues and attributes they wish to see inculcated in their children. DaveE17
  • Score: 6

12:51pm Fri 9 May 14

mdj says...

'"We've all heard the allegations, we all have opinions, and we can only work on fact..'

What part of 'admitted' do these parents not understand?
A thief is a thief.


'He said: "In the grand scheme of things what she has done is not that serious. '

If this is the moral climate prevailing at the school, she should be marched to the door at once.
'"We've all heard the allegations, we all have opinions, and we can only work on fact..' What part of 'admitted' do these parents not understand? A thief is a thief. 'He said: "In the grand scheme of things what she has done is not that serious. ' If this is the moral climate prevailing at the school, she should be marched to the door at once. mdj
  • Score: 6

1:09pm Fri 9 May 14

Chigwell123 says...

It is clear the Governing Body of KSHS made a poor decision when making permanent the appointment of a person who at the time was still under investigation for gross professional misconduct . The appointment being made against the advice of a councillor representing the Local Authority. It is undoubted that the Head has skills and ambition which shot her to the top of her profession and whether the Governing Body were seduced by these now remains to be seen. What is clear is that in her previous position the Head began to blur the boundaries between right and wrong and was eventually held to account because of a whistleblower. There is support for her at KSHS amongst parents who view some of her changes as positive however there are also parents who do not like the secular direction she seems to be directing the school towards or the type of role model she presents for a Jewish school. I personally find it a little worrying when, despite the findings of a professional body, a student says "in the grand scheme of things what's she has done is not too bad". The Governing Body of KSHS is now in a very difficult position and for the sake of the children must consider carefully and with transparency and clarity if the current Head can continue in her current role.
It is clear the Governing Body of KSHS made a poor decision when making permanent the appointment of a person who at the time was still under investigation for gross professional misconduct . The appointment being made against the advice of a councillor representing the Local Authority. It is undoubted that the Head has skills and ambition which shot her to the top of her profession and whether the Governing Body were seduced by these now remains to be seen. What is clear is that in her previous position the Head began to blur the boundaries between right and wrong and was eventually held to account because of a whistleblower. There is support for her at KSHS amongst parents who view some of her changes as positive however there are also parents who do not like the secular direction she seems to be directing the school towards or the type of role model she presents for a Jewish school. I personally find it a little worrying when, despite the findings of a professional body, a student says "in the grand scheme of things what's she has done is not too bad". The Governing Body of KSHS is now in a very difficult position and for the sake of the children must consider carefully and with transparency and clarity if the current Head can continue in her current role. Chigwell123
  • Score: 9

3:03pm Fri 9 May 14

steveparkin says...

Ms Shuter's problem is that it was not a one-off lapse of judgement but a systematic pattern of behaviour over a sustained period. Moreover she didn't quickly "admit" to her mistakes. She fought a campaign in the media and supported by "friends" to dismiss the complaints as frivolous and without foundation. It now seems that pattern is being repeated.

Let's remember this is someone who was on £170,000 a year plus the income she was getting from other sources. That is a huge salary for the head teacher of a single school and the governing body had a right to expect an exemplary performance in every aspect of her role.
Ms Shuter's problem is that it was not a one-off lapse of judgement but a systematic pattern of behaviour over a sustained period. Moreover she didn't quickly "admit" to her mistakes. She fought a campaign in the media and supported by "friends" to dismiss the complaints as frivolous and without foundation. It now seems that pattern is being repeated. Let's remember this is someone who was on £170,000 a year plus the income she was getting from other sources. That is a huge salary for the head teacher of a single school and the governing body had a right to expect an exemplary performance in every aspect of her role. steveparkin
  • Score: 9

4:42pm Fri 9 May 14

topnote says...

Petition is probably irrelevant as the School effectively suspended Jo last night, source Ilford Recorder, until the outcome of the misconduct hearing. This is ongoing in Coventry and result expected soon. Plus the Met Police say that the fraud investigation is still ongoing.methinks rocky times ahead for Jo.
Petition is probably irrelevant as the School effectively suspended Jo last night, source Ilford Recorder, until the outcome of the misconduct hearing. This is ongoing in Coventry and result expected soon. Plus the Met Police say that the fraud investigation is still ongoing.methinks rocky times ahead for Jo. topnote
  • Score: 5

5:57pm Fri 9 May 14

Chigwell123 says...

The outcome of the misconduct hearing is known, what is not known is the sanction that will be applied. Perhaps the sanction will take the decision away from the Governing Body. Should the Governing Body have a decision to make I do hope they realise the public perception of the Head of a Jewish Secondary School will impact on the greater community regardless of where and when the professional misconduct took place. On appointment the Chair of Governors welcomed the Head and stated that she was pleased that the Head "shared the vision of the GB in aiming to make KSHS an outstanding Jewish secondary school". Nianiado66 makes a number of observations that relate to Jewish studies in the school, I also believe there are going to be cuts in religious studies staff plus growing disaffection in that department. I fail to see how this is congruent with the GB statement and as parents we need to individually decide if we accept and are happy to travel that journey. I for one would be prepared to give the Head another opportunity to make right her wrongs At KSHS but I cannot accept the Jewish direction she appears to be leading the school in.
We must also make it clear as parents we do not blur our own children's parameters of right and wrong! It is truly sad that a gifted individual should lose her way and perhaps Michael Gove should also draw lessons from this episode relating to the dangers of the autonomy of Academies,Headteache
rs, Governing Bodies and their accountability.
The outcome of the misconduct hearing is known, what is not known is the sanction that will be applied. Perhaps the sanction will take the decision away from the Governing Body. Should the Governing Body have a decision to make I do hope they realise the public perception of the Head of a Jewish Secondary School will impact on the greater community regardless of where and when the professional misconduct took place. On appointment the Chair of Governors welcomed the Head and stated that she was pleased that the Head "shared the vision of the GB in aiming to make KSHS an outstanding Jewish secondary school". Nianiado66 makes a number of observations that relate to Jewish studies in the school, I also believe there are going to be cuts in religious studies staff plus growing disaffection in that department. I fail to see how this is congruent with the GB statement and as parents we need to individually decide if we accept and are happy to travel that journey. I for one would be prepared to give the Head another opportunity to make right her wrongs At KSHS but I cannot accept the Jewish direction she appears to be leading the school in. We must also make it clear as parents we do not blur our own children's parameters of right and wrong! It is truly sad that a gifted individual should lose her way and perhaps Michael Gove should also draw lessons from this episode relating to the dangers of the autonomy of Academies,Headteache rs, Governing Bodies and their accountability. Chigwell123
  • Score: 7

8:44pm Fri 9 May 14

DaveE17 says...

Ms Shuter has admitted systematically swindling a school out of thousands of pounds by making false expenses claims. This is calculated fraud and, like all frauds, is underpinned by personal greed; rather than merely being a case of an undoubtedly "gifted individual" losing their way. Like MPs, Ms Shuter is essentially a public servant. Unlike MPs, she is yet to face any charges for confessing to doing what has, in some cases, resulted in jail sentences for some of our elected representatives. The ethical and moral vacuum inhabited by Ms Shuter and her supporters with regard to this serious matter is therefore both surprising and alarming. Given the facts as they stand, can Ms Shuter - or her supporters - seriously claim that she retains any credibility as a fit and proper person to be a headteacher?
Ms Shuter has admitted systematically swindling a school out of thousands of pounds by making false expenses claims. This is calculated fraud and, like all frauds, is underpinned by personal greed; rather than merely being a case of an undoubtedly "gifted individual" losing their way. Like MPs, Ms Shuter is essentially a public servant. Unlike MPs, she is yet to face any charges for confessing to doing what has, in some cases, resulted in jail sentences for some of our elected representatives. The ethical and moral vacuum inhabited by Ms Shuter and her supporters with regard to this serious matter is therefore both surprising and alarming. Given the facts as they stand, can Ms Shuter - or her supporters - seriously claim that she retains any credibility as a fit and proper person to be a headteacher? DaveE17
  • Score: 6

9:32pm Fri 9 May 14

Nlaniado66 says...

Oh, how it is nice to see people who are wise and have common sense.
The fact that many of her supporters are prepared to oversee what she has done is extremely worrying. My child is due to begin 6th form at KS next September, but she has told me today that with this scandal she is not sure if she would like to go there anymore.
Since she was appointed head I began worrying. I went to all meetings and I was tone of the few parent to defy. When she began talking about photography, drama, philosophy lessons for the 6th form I asked her where would she get the money to fund these courses. Her answer was that these courses didnt need a lot of money to be created. I as a lecturer of 7 different business courses, know for a fact that it is utter rubbish and I told her so.
Not long after I had another meeting for my other child's gcse choice of courses, and wasn't I amazed to find out that Jewish studies was to become a core subject and a non obligatory GCSE. All the JS teachers were extremely worried and I spoke to each of them. Now why would she turn JS into a core subject? Easy.... this way she would be able to get rid of JS teachers and fund her other courses. Now isn't that killing the ethos of the school?
Oh, how it is nice to see people who are wise and have common sense. The fact that many of her supporters are prepared to oversee what she has done is extremely worrying. My child is due to begin 6th form at KS next September, but she has told me today that with this scandal she is not sure if she would like to go there anymore. Since she was appointed head I began worrying. I went to all meetings and I was tone of the few parent to defy. When she began talking about photography, drama, philosophy lessons for the 6th form I asked her where would she get the money to fund these courses. Her answer was that these courses didnt need a lot of money to be created. I as a lecturer of 7 different business courses, know for a fact that it is utter rubbish and I told her so. Not long after I had another meeting for my other child's gcse choice of courses, and wasn't I amazed to find out that Jewish studies was to become a core subject and a non obligatory GCSE. All the JS teachers were extremely worried and I spoke to each of them. Now why would she turn JS into a core subject? Easy.... this way she would be able to get rid of JS teachers and fund her other courses. Now isn't that killing the ethos of the school? Nlaniado66
  • Score: 4

10:21am Sat 10 May 14

Nlaniado66 says...

Well said #72. She won one award which certainly shall be taken away.
How many people have own awards and continue doing good? Many.
But Shuter won the award and she believed to be invincible. Greed went to her head.
She was on a very good salary £170K per year. Many families live with less and have 2
Parents working. Pure greed. I totally agree that she is ruining the Jewish community. She shows no pleasure in the festivals and oversees assemblies.
For those parents who support her I believe that these do not have a strong Jewish identity.
Yes you will say that there are less Jews in the school nowadays, but nonetheless the fact that other kids from different religions were coming to the school
and adhering to the curriculum, was opening their horizons and showing them that the Jewish people are not as bad as some other religions or races portray us to be.
There are many Muslims who come to the school and integrate well. This just goes to show the world that there is no need for racism or prejudice.
Haven't we as Jews been targeted enough? The fact that despite being a Jewish school we are opened to other religions shows that we are accepting of other cultures, races, identities, religions.
It is a message that we are sending out saying we are all the same. Even though we are minority in the school it is and always been a Jewish school and those who are not Jewish come to the school because obviously their parents believe it to be good enough for their kids and do not mind the fact that is a Jewish school.
Now by Shuter taking away the Jewish ethos of the school she is not only targeting our community but she is killing the chance of showing people that we are not as bad as they portray us in the news, books...
Well said #72. She won one award which certainly shall be taken away. How many people have own awards and continue doing good? Many. But Shuter won the award and she believed to be invincible. Greed went to her head. She was on a very good salary £170K per year. Many families live with less and have 2 Parents working. Pure greed. I totally agree that she is ruining the Jewish community. She shows no pleasure in the festivals and oversees assemblies. For those parents who support her I believe that these do not have a strong Jewish identity. Yes you will say that there are less Jews in the school nowadays, but nonetheless the fact that other kids from different religions were coming to the school and adhering to the curriculum, was opening their horizons and showing them that the Jewish people are not as bad as some other religions or races portray us to be. There are many Muslims who come to the school and integrate well. This just goes to show the world that there is no need for racism or prejudice. Haven't we as Jews been targeted enough? The fact that despite being a Jewish school we are opened to other religions shows that we are accepting of other cultures, races, identities, religions. It is a message that we are sending out saying we are all the same. Even though we are minority in the school it is and always been a Jewish school and those who are not Jewish come to the school because obviously their parents believe it to be good enough for their kids and do not mind the fact that is a Jewish school. Now by Shuter taking away the Jewish ethos of the school she is not only targeting our community but she is killing the chance of showing people that we are not as bad as they portray us in the news, books... Nlaniado66
  • Score: 2

5:59pm Tue 13 May 14

Chigwell123 says...

I wonder if some parents will get the message now........

"The findings by the National College for Teaching and Leadership have now been published and confirm that Ms Shuter has been given a life-time prohibition order, which prohibits her from teaching indefinitely and therefore acting as head teacher. Because of these findings, the Governing Body has had no choice but to suspend Ms Shuter from her role as Head Teacher with immediate effect. Ms Shuter has 28 days to lodge an appeal against this decision."

Clearly the professional body has judged Ms Shuter not a fit and proper person to be in the teaching profession. Presumably the police investigation continues. In my opinion the Governing Body of KSHS now has some very serious questions to answer regarding its decision to permanently appoint such a person and the resulting financial and reputational damage to the school.

What now for KSHS?
I wonder if some parents will get the message now........ "The findings by the National College for Teaching and Leadership have now been published and confirm that Ms Shuter has been given a life-time prohibition order, which prohibits her from teaching indefinitely and therefore acting as head teacher. Because of these findings, the Governing Body has had no choice but to suspend Ms Shuter from her role as Head Teacher with immediate effect. Ms Shuter has 28 days to lodge an appeal against this decision." Clearly the professional body has judged Ms Shuter not a fit and proper person to be in the teaching profession. Presumably the police investigation continues. In my opinion the Governing Body of KSHS now has some very serious questions to answer regarding its decision to permanently appoint such a person and the resulting financial and reputational damage to the school. What now for KSHS? Chigwell123
  • Score: 3

11:15am Wed 14 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Maybe this daft parent group will now campaign for Gary Glitter to be the new Head Teacher? They all seem one shilling short of a ten Bob note.
Maybe this daft parent group will now campaign for Gary Glitter to be the new Head Teacher? They all seem one shilling short of a ten Bob note. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 0

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