Parents of children at King Solomon High School at war over future of expenses scandal headteacher Jo Shuter

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Parents cannot agree on the future of Jo Shuter, who admitted expenses misconduct. Parents cannot agree on the future of Jo Shuter, who admitted expenses misconduct.

Angry parents are calling for Jo Shuter to be sacked as headteacher of King Solomon High School after she admitted expenses abuses, just hours after a campaign was launched to save her.

Ms Shuter recently admitted misconduct relating to claims she made in her previous role as headteacher of  Quintin Kynaston Community Academy in St John’s Wood.

She has been placed on gardening leave pending a decision by the National College for Teaching and Leadership on her future.

Some parents launched a petition calling for her to remain in her current job at the Jewish free school in Barking ide, claiming she had improved the school and inspired pupils.

However, another group of parents have now called for her to be sacked.

Natacha Laniado, 47, has two daughters at the school and believes Ms Shuter’s position is now untenable.

She said: “How can a parent say that taking £40,000 from the school is not a bad thing?

“My concern throughout this all is how can she be a role model to the children of the school, what message is she passing on to them?

“When Jo Shuter came to the school I was the only one who said it was wrong as she was still under investigation, but parents said I was judging before she had been judged.

“Almost one year down the line she is back in the news and what I had predicted happened."
Dr Ivan Cohen, 59, sends his 15-year-old son to King Solomon High.

He said: “I was surprised that the governors had chosen to appoint her, not based on her pedagogic background, but because of the dark cloud relating to what at the time were alleged financial improprieties loomed large. I always felt these would return to haunt her.

“If, as may turn out to be the case, Westminster revokes her teaching license, then her position will be completely untenable.

“However, even if they opt for a more liberal response, I still believe her position to be untenable as she will not be able to command the respect of pupils and most rational parents.”

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

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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3:11pm Fri 9 May 14

ADTChigwell says...

Biased reporting. You have not asked the parents who support her remaining and I can assure you are totally rational and hold down responsible jobs in major companies or public sector.

Sadly only negative things get reported these days. Positive news or views does not make good copy. That's why I never buy a newspaper!
Biased reporting. You have not asked the parents who support her remaining and I can assure you are totally rational and hold down responsible jobs in major companies or public sector. Sadly only negative things get reported these days. Positive news or views does not make good copy. That's why I never buy a newspaper! ADTChigwell
  • Score: -2

3:15pm Fri 9 May 14

Stacyshepkins says...

This artical is not based on fact at all.
£40,000 really? Are we picking numbers out of thin air now! Of course opinions count, but not fairy tales. This artical is based on idle gossip, what utter rubbish.
This artical is not based on fact at all. £40,000 really? Are we picking numbers out of thin air now! Of course opinions count, but not fairy tales. This artical is based on idle gossip, what utter rubbish. Stacyshepkins
  • Score: -3

3:25pm Fri 9 May 14

Nlaniado66 says...

Biased. What is biased it is all in the news.
The problem is that you think that the sun shines out of her.
I work as a teacher and a university lecturer in Paris at the Sorbonne so I know quite a lot about teaching and dignity. One of the subjects I teach FYI is business Ethics and this I can assure you that I am well versed in business studies. I teach 7 different courses in a master all related to business.
Biased. What is biased it is all in the news. The problem is that you think that the sun shines out of her. I work as a teacher and a university lecturer in Paris at the Sorbonne so I know quite a lot about teaching and dignity. One of the subjects I teach FYI is business Ethics and this I can assure you that I am well versed in business studies. I teach 7 different courses in a master all related to business. Nlaniado66
  • Score: 5

3:39pm Fri 9 May 14

Nlaniado66 says...

Ms Shuter admitted:

Claiming her 50th birthday party expenditure of £7,000 from the academy
Claiming £8,269 for an overnight stay at the Grove Hotel in Chandlers Cross for her leadership team
Charging the school for furniture worth £1,500 delivered to her home
Making extensive expenses claims over a significant period for personal gain, including mobile phone contracts for herself and her children
Instructing her PA to book flights and arrange the rental of her holiday home on school time, and organise her consultancy engagements
Taking on extra paid work for speaking at conferences and consultancy during term time
Claiming for travel expenses she had already been reimbursed for by someone else
Claiming for taxi journeys not made on school business
Ms Shuter admitted: Claiming her 50th birthday party expenditure of £7,000 from the academy Claiming £8,269 for an overnight stay at the Grove Hotel in Chandlers Cross for her leadership team Charging the school for furniture worth £1,500 delivered to her home Making extensive expenses claims over a significant period for personal gain, including mobile phone contracts for herself and her children Instructing her PA to book flights and arrange the rental of her holiday home on school time, and organise her consultancy engagements Taking on extra paid work for speaking at conferences and consultancy during term time Claiming for travel expenses she had already been reimbursed for by someone else Claiming for taxi journeys not made on school business Nlaniado66
  • Score: 8

6:36pm Fri 9 May 14

jackblack007 says...

stupid woman, was doing an excellent job as well , mind you she wouldnt of been @ KS had she behaved herself
stupid woman, was doing an excellent job as well , mind you she wouldnt of been @ KS had she behaved herself jackblack007
  • Score: 4

6:38pm Fri 9 May 14

Nlaniado66 says...

At the end if the day people who steal go to jail, lucky her that if she gets struck off she doesn't get locked up.
At the end if the day people who steal go to jail, lucky her that if she gets struck off she doesn't get locked up. Nlaniado66
  • Score: 6

6:43pm Fri 9 May 14

Nlaniado66 says...

She went to KS because she was trying to rebuild her reputation and KS was desperate so much so that they struck this deal with her. But her past caught up with her... Like I said it would.
She went to KS because she was trying to rebuild her reputation and KS was desperate so much so that they struck this deal with her. But her past caught up with her... Like I said it would. Nlaniado66
  • Score: 5

10:46pm Fri 9 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

She has not played the game. So come on Mrs Shuter, confess, seek forgiveness.
She has not played the game. So come on Mrs Shuter, confess, seek forgiveness. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 1

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