Jo Shuter of King Solomon High School in Barking side banned from teaching for life after admitting expenses abuses

Jo Shuter has been banned from teaching for life by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Jo Shuter has been banned from teaching for life by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

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Jo Shuter, the headteacher of King Solomon High School, has been banned from teaching for life over expenses abuses.

Ms Shuter was placed on gardening leave from the Jewish free school in Forest Road, Barkingside, pending a decision from the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

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

In an email sent to parents by King Solomon chair of governors, Stephanie Sollosi, which has been seen by the Guardian, it was confirmed Ms Shuter had been suspended from the school following the decision.

The email, shown to the Guardian by a parent, read: “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 act as headteacher.

"Because of these findings, the Governing Body has had no choice but to suspend Ms Shuter from her role as Headteacher with immediate effect. Ms Shuter has 28 days to lodge an appeal against this decision.

“As I stated in my previous letter, the Governing Body's highest concern is that this situation has minimal impact on pupils during the lead up to the critical examination period and beyond. I repeat my request for your support in making sure pupils are focused on those issues and not distracted.

“I can reassure you that the Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team are entirely focused on the wellbeing and success of our children.  To this end we are working very closely with Redbridge Council to secure a strong Head Teacher who will step in as Acting Head Teacher to lead the school. This will enable us to continue the progress that the school has made during this academic year.

“The plans to secure an experienced Acting Head Teacher  are well advanced and I will confirm with you our decision by the end of the week.”

Ms Shuter took over at the free school in September 2013 and she was named headteacher of the year in 2007 for turning Kynaston Community Academy around, being awarded a CBE in 2010.

Amongst other expenses, she admitted charging the academy £7,000 for her 50th birthday celebrations, for her mobile phone bills, and the delivery of £1,500 of furniture to her home.

Two rival petitions were set up by parents, one calling for her to remain in her current job, and another insisting she should be sacked.

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3:57pm Tue 13 May 14

MorrisHickey says...

One has now to question the judgement of the governors who appointed her before these matters had been resolved. Should not they be dismissed and replaced by a new governing body? The school now needs a fresh start with not just a new head teacher, but also a new governing body.
One has now to question the judgement of the governors who appointed her before these matters had been resolved. Should not they be dismissed and replaced by a new governing body? The school now needs a fresh start with not just a new head teacher, but also a new governing body. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 12

4:52pm Tue 13 May 14

Nlaniado66 says...

YES, THEY SHOULD ALL BE DISMISSED AND NEW ONES APPOINTED!
YES, THEY SHOULD ALL BE DISMISSED AND NEW ONES APPOINTED! Nlaniado66
  • Score: 8

6:41pm Tue 13 May 14

jackblack007 says...

MorrisHickey wrote:
One has now to question the judgement of the governors who appointed her before these matters had been resolved. Should not they be dismissed and replaced by a new governing body? The school now needs a fresh start with not just a new head teacher, but also a new governing body.
oh do sod off morris and stop being so bitter about everything . The school Governors are fine . Go away !!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: One has now to question the judgement of the governors who appointed her before these matters had been resolved. Should not they be dismissed and replaced by a new governing body? The school now needs a fresh start with not just a new head teacher, but also a new governing body.[/p][/quote]oh do sod off morris and stop being so bitter about everything . The school Governors are fine . Go away !!!!!!!!!! jackblack007
  • Score: -7

6:42pm Tue 13 May 14

jackblack007 says...

Nlaniado66 wrote:
YES, THEY SHOULD ALL BE DISMISSED AND NEW ONES APPOINTED!
Really. There isnt a long queue to be a governor @ KS, maybe you'd like the job
[quote][p][bold]Nlaniado66[/bold] wrote: YES, THEY SHOULD ALL BE DISMISSED AND NEW ONES APPOINTED![/p][/quote]Really. There isnt a long queue to be a governor @ KS, maybe you'd like the job jackblack007
  • Score: -5

6:53pm Tue 13 May 14

MorrisHickey says...

jackblack007 wrote:
MorrisHickey wrote:
One has now to question the judgement of the governors who appointed her before these matters had been resolved. Should not they be dismissed and replaced by a new governing body? The school now needs a fresh start with not just a new head teacher, but also a new governing body.
oh do sod off morris and stop being so bitter about everything . The school Governors are fine . Go away !!!!!!!!!!
Oh, dear - one of the governors are you?
[quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: One has now to question the judgement of the governors who appointed her before these matters had been resolved. Should not they be dismissed and replaced by a new governing body? The school now needs a fresh start with not just a new head teacher, but also a new governing body.[/p][/quote]oh do sod off morris and stop being so bitter about everything . The school Governors are fine . Go away !!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Oh, dear - one of the governors are you? MorrisHickey
  • Score: 5

6:57pm Tue 13 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

I totally agree with Morris, he is dead right, why would the governors employ her unless they are either daft or complicit in her activities?

She has been banned for life now, are those supporting her saying that those banning her wrong also?

Are those daft parents who wanted her to stay acting in the interests of their kids or something else? Makes no sense to defend this crooked head teacher.
I totally agree with Morris, he is dead right, why would the governors employ her unless they are either daft or complicit in her activities? She has been banned for life now, are those supporting her saying that those banning her wrong also? Are those daft parents who wanted her to stay acting in the interests of their kids or something else? Makes no sense to defend this crooked head teacher. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 9

10:26pm Tue 13 May 14

jackblack007 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
I totally agree with Morris, he is dead right, why would the governors employ her unless they are either daft or complicit in her activities?

She has been banned for life now, are those supporting her saying that those banning her wrong also?

Are those daft parents who wanted her to stay acting in the interests of their kids or something else? Makes no sense to defend this crooked head teacher.
you're just an idiot, who has internet access from a padded cell.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: I totally agree with Morris, he is dead right, why would the governors employ her unless they are either daft or complicit in her activities? She has been banned for life now, are those supporting her saying that those banning her wrong also? Are those daft parents who wanted her to stay acting in the interests of their kids or something else? Makes no sense to defend this crooked head teacher.[/p][/quote]you're just an idiot, who has internet access from a padded cell. jackblack007
  • Score: -9

10:27pm Tue 13 May 14

jackblack007 says...

MorrisHickey wrote:
jackblack007 wrote:
MorrisHickey wrote:
One has now to question the judgement of the governors who appointed her before these matters had been resolved. Should not they be dismissed and replaced by a new governing body? The school now needs a fresh start with not just a new head teacher, but also a new governing body.
oh do sod off morris and stop being so bitter about everything . The school Governors are fine . Go away !!!!!!!!!!
Oh, dear - one of the governors are you?
no, but i am a parent of kids there, and she was a bloody good head teacher , it baffles me why she did what she did in the 1st place . she's now been sacked and bitter old men like you can sleep easy .
[quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: One has now to question the judgement of the governors who appointed her before these matters had been resolved. Should not they be dismissed and replaced by a new governing body? The school now needs a fresh start with not just a new head teacher, but also a new governing body.[/p][/quote]oh do sod off morris and stop being so bitter about everything . The school Governors are fine . Go away !!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Oh, dear - one of the governors are you?[/p][/quote]no, but i am a parent of kids there, and she was a bloody good head teacher , it baffles me why she did what she did in the 1st place . she's now been sacked and bitter old men like you can sleep easy . jackblack007
  • Score: -6

10:35pm Tue 13 May 14

MorrisHickey says...

jackblack007 wrote:
MorrisHickey wrote:
jackblack007 wrote:
MorrisHickey wrote:
One has now to question the judgement of the governors who appointed her before these matters had been resolved. Should not they be dismissed and replaced by a new governing body? The school now needs a fresh start with not just a new head teacher, but also a new governing body.
oh do sod off morris and stop being so bitter about everything . The school Governors are fine . Go away !!!!!!!!!!
Oh, dear - one of the governors are you?
no, but i am a parent of kids there, and she was a bloody good head teacher , it baffles me why she did what she did in the 1st place . she's now been sacked and bitter old men like you can sleep easy .
And kids like yours will continue to remain ignorant of the highest moral standards.
[quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: One has now to question the judgement of the governors who appointed her before these matters had been resolved. Should not they be dismissed and replaced by a new governing body? The school now needs a fresh start with not just a new head teacher, but also a new governing body.[/p][/quote]oh do sod off morris and stop being so bitter about everything . The school Governors are fine . Go away !!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Oh, dear - one of the governors are you?[/p][/quote]no, but i am a parent of kids there, and she was a bloody good head teacher , it baffles me why she did what she did in the 1st place . she's now been sacked and bitter old men like you can sleep easy .[/p][/quote]And kids like yours will continue to remain ignorant of the highest moral standards. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 6

9:14pm Wed 14 May 14

jackblack007 says...

MorrisHickey wrote:
jackblack007 wrote:
MorrisHickey wrote:
jackblack007 wrote:
MorrisHickey wrote:
One has now to question the judgement of the governors who appointed her before these matters had been resolved. Should not they be dismissed and replaced by a new governing body? The school now needs a fresh start with not just a new head teacher, but also a new governing body.
oh do sod off morris and stop being so bitter about everything . The school Governors are fine . Go away !!!!!!!!!!
Oh, dear - one of the governors are you?
no, but i am a parent of kids there, and she was a bloody good head teacher , it baffles me why she did what she did in the 1st place . she's now been sacked and bitter old men like you can sleep easy .
And kids like yours will continue to remain ignorant of the highest moral standards.
11 A* GCSE s my daughter got when she went there and @ 2-1 degree from Exeter university .

My son is down for 12 A*s in his GCSE's. and both their moral standars are of the highest order.


bitter bitter ex councillor hickey
[quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: One has now to question the judgement of the governors who appointed her before these matters had been resolved. Should not they be dismissed and replaced by a new governing body? The school now needs a fresh start with not just a new head teacher, but also a new governing body.[/p][/quote]oh do sod off morris and stop being so bitter about everything . The school Governors are fine . Go away !!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Oh, dear - one of the governors are you?[/p][/quote]no, but i am a parent of kids there, and she was a bloody good head teacher , it baffles me why she did what she did in the 1st place . she's now been sacked and bitter old men like you can sleep easy .[/p][/quote]And kids like yours will continue to remain ignorant of the highest moral standards.[/p][/quote]11 A* GCSE s my daughter got when she went there and @ 2-1 degree from Exeter university . My son is down for 12 A*s in his GCSE's. and both their moral standars are of the highest order. bitter bitter ex councillor hickey jackblack007
  • Score: -4

9:20pm Wed 14 May 14

MorrisHickey says...

Pathetic pathetic jack
Pathetic pathetic jack MorrisHickey
  • Score: 3

10:35pm Wed 14 May 14

jackblack007 says...

MorrisHickey wrote:
Pathetic pathetic jack
bitter bitter ex councillor
[quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: Pathetic pathetic jack[/p][/quote]bitter bitter ex councillor jackblack007
  • Score: -2

12:11am Thu 15 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

jackblack007 wrote:
MorrisHickey wrote:
jackblack007 wrote:
MorrisHickey wrote:
jackblack007 wrote:
MorrisHickey wrote:
One has now to question the judgement of the governors who appointed her before these matters had been resolved. Should not they be dismissed and replaced by a new governing body? The school now needs a fresh start with not just a new head teacher, but also a new governing body.
oh do sod off morris and stop being so bitter about everything . The school Governors are fine . Go away !!!!!!!!!!
Oh, dear - one of the governors are you?
no, but i am a parent of kids there, and she was a bloody good head teacher , it baffles me why she did what she did in the 1st place . she's now been sacked and bitter old men like you can sleep easy .
And kids like yours will continue to remain ignorant of the highest moral standards.
11 A* GCSE s my daughter got when she went there and @ 2-1 degree from Exeter university .

My son is down for 12 A*s in his GCSE's. and both their moral standars are of the highest order.


bitter bitter ex councillor hickey
Yes but she had not been there long enough to take the credits for your kids commendable. achievements? You imply that she has contributed to them is therefore a nonsense.

Your support of her makes no sense unless of course you have other interests in this situation which appears more logical.

Please tell us what this is?
[quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: One has now to question the judgement of the governors who appointed her before these matters had been resolved. Should not they be dismissed and replaced by a new governing body? The school now needs a fresh start with not just a new head teacher, but also a new governing body.[/p][/quote]oh do sod off morris and stop being so bitter about everything . The school Governors are fine . Go away !!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Oh, dear - one of the governors are you?[/p][/quote]no, but i am a parent of kids there, and she was a bloody good head teacher , it baffles me why she did what she did in the 1st place . she's now been sacked and bitter old men like you can sleep easy .[/p][/quote]And kids like yours will continue to remain ignorant of the highest moral standards.[/p][/quote]11 A* GCSE s my daughter got when she went there and @ 2-1 degree from Exeter university . My son is down for 12 A*s in his GCSE's. and both their moral standars are of the highest order. bitter bitter ex councillor hickey[/p][/quote]Yes but she had not been there long enough to take the credits for your kids commendable. achievements? You imply that she has contributed to them is therefore a nonsense. Your support of her makes no sense unless of course you have other interests in this situation which appears more logical. Please tell us what this is? Villagecranberry
  • Score: 6

3:44pm Thu 15 May 14

jackblack007 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
jackblack007 wrote:
MorrisHickey wrote:
jackblack007 wrote:
MorrisHickey wrote:
jackblack007 wrote:
MorrisHickey wrote:
One has now to question the judgement of the governors who appointed her before these matters had been resolved. Should not they be dismissed and replaced by a new governing body? The school now needs a fresh start with not just a new head teacher, but also a new governing body.
oh do sod off morris and stop being so bitter about everything . The school Governors are fine . Go away !!!!!!!!!!
Oh, dear - one of the governors are you?
no, but i am a parent of kids there, and she was a bloody good head teacher , it baffles me why she did what she did in the 1st place . she's now been sacked and bitter old men like you can sleep easy .
And kids like yours will continue to remain ignorant of the highest moral standards.
11 A* GCSE s my daughter got when she went there and @ 2-1 degree from Exeter university .

My son is down for 12 A*s in his GCSE's. and both their moral standars are of the highest order.


bitter bitter ex councillor hickey
Yes but she had not been there long enough to take the credits for your kids commendable. achievements? You imply that she has contributed to them is therefore a nonsense.

Your support of her makes no sense unless of course you have other interests in this situation which appears more logical.

Please tell us what this is?
MY SUPPORT OF HER IS SIMPLY DOWN TO HER SKILLS AS A TEACHER AND HEAD TEACHER,, SHES DONE WRONG , GOT THE BOOT AND SHE DESERVES THE SACK - SIMPLES . HICKEY AND HIS POISONED BILE CAN GO AWAY
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: One has now to question the judgement of the governors who appointed her before these matters had been resolved. Should not they be dismissed and replaced by a new governing body? The school now needs a fresh start with not just a new head teacher, but also a new governing body.[/p][/quote]oh do sod off morris and stop being so bitter about everything . The school Governors are fine . Go away !!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Oh, dear - one of the governors are you?[/p][/quote]no, but i am a parent of kids there, and she was a bloody good head teacher , it baffles me why she did what she did in the 1st place . she's now been sacked and bitter old men like you can sleep easy .[/p][/quote]And kids like yours will continue to remain ignorant of the highest moral standards.[/p][/quote]11 A* GCSE s my daughter got when she went there and @ 2-1 degree from Exeter university . My son is down for 12 A*s in his GCSE's. and both their moral standars are of the highest order. bitter bitter ex councillor hickey[/p][/quote]Yes but she had not been there long enough to take the credits for your kids commendable. achievements? You imply that she has contributed to them is therefore a nonsense. Your support of her makes no sense unless of course you have other interests in this situation which appears more logical. Please tell us what this is?[/p][/quote]MY SUPPORT OF HER IS SIMPLY DOWN TO HER SKILLS AS A TEACHER AND HEAD TEACHER,, SHES DONE WRONG , GOT THE BOOT AND SHE DESERVES THE SACK - SIMPLES . HICKEY AND HIS POISONED BILE CAN GO AWAY jackblack007
  • Score: -4

11:58pm Thu 15 May 14

Mrs Mars says...

When all is said and done, regardless of her capability as a Head, this woman is a thief and she is the worst type of thief in that she essentially stole from the students who were entrusted to her. I believe this leaves her position as a Head Teacher untenable and I can't understand how any parent would want someone who has admitted to being dishonest and deceitful to lead their child's school. Let's remember, this woman would have been extremely well paid. She did not steal out of desperate need, she stole because of greed and because she felt she would get away with it. There should be absolutely no debate about whether or not this woman deserves to be dismissed, the question should be how long she should serve in prison.
When all is said and done, regardless of her capability as a Head, this woman is a thief and she is the worst type of thief in that she essentially stole from the students who were entrusted to her. I believe this leaves her position as a Head Teacher untenable and I can't understand how any parent would want someone who has admitted to being dishonest and deceitful to lead their child's school. Let's remember, this woman would have been extremely well paid. She did not steal out of desperate need, she stole because of greed and because she felt she would get away with it. There should be absolutely no debate about whether or not this woman deserves to be dismissed, the question should be how long she should serve in prison. Mrs Mars
  • Score: 8

9:37am Fri 16 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Mrs Mars wrote:
When all is said and done, regardless of her capability as a Head, this woman is a thief and she is the worst type of thief in that she essentially stole from the students who were entrusted to her. I believe this leaves her position as a Head Teacher untenable and I can't understand how any parent would want someone who has admitted to being dishonest and deceitful to lead their child's school. Let's remember, this woman would have been extremely well paid. She did not steal out of desperate need, she stole because of greed and because she felt she would get away with it. There should be absolutely no debate about whether or not this woman deserves to be dismissed, the question should be how long she should serve in prison.
Shame Jackblack 007 who idolises and adores her does not seem to get the point, crediting her with such mysterious powers of being influencing his own kis achievements before she even got the job a KS! A miracle woman!
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Mars[/bold] wrote: When all is said and done, regardless of her capability as a Head, this woman is a thief and she is the worst type of thief in that she essentially stole from the students who were entrusted to her. I believe this leaves her position as a Head Teacher untenable and I can't understand how any parent would want someone who has admitted to being dishonest and deceitful to lead their child's school. Let's remember, this woman would have been extremely well paid. She did not steal out of desperate need, she stole because of greed and because she felt she would get away with it. There should be absolutely no debate about whether or not this woman deserves to be dismissed, the question should be how long she should serve in prison.[/p][/quote]Shame Jackblack 007 who idolises and adores her does not seem to get the point, crediting her with such mysterious powers of being influencing his own kis achievements before she even got the job a KS! A miracle woman! Villagecranberry
  • Score: 4

8:56am Sat 17 May 14

armageddondays says...

I don't care if she was brilliant in some aspects or not. Anyone else would be up before the courts by now and more than likely doing a stretch. Any alleged effectiveness is inevitably undermined by the woman's apparent complete lack of any moral compass, and the fact that funds intended for education seem to have been diverted to enriching her and her immediate family. I hate to say we told you so - but NUT members locally saw this coming when she was appointed - a stunning act of arrogance and hubris. Oh, and whilst I might not agree with every aspect of Morris's political views, he is not bitter (not any more than a nice pint anyway) or full of bile, and as always exhibited a sound sense of judgment in my experience.
I don't care if she was brilliant in some aspects or not. Anyone else would be up before the courts by now and more than likely doing a stretch. Any alleged effectiveness is inevitably undermined by the woman's apparent complete lack of any moral compass, and the fact that funds intended for education seem to have been diverted to enriching her and her immediate family. I hate to say we told you so - but NUT members locally saw this coming when she was appointed - a stunning act of arrogance and hubris. Oh, and whilst I might not agree with every aspect of Morris's political views, he is not bitter (not any more than a nice pint anyway) or full of bile, and as always exhibited a sound sense of judgment in my experience. armageddondays
  • Score: 4

9:03am Sat 17 May 14

armageddondays says...

Also her popularity among staff was hardly enhanced (according to what I believe is a reliable source) by the arrogant and condescending "kick-****" attitude to them, thus undermining morale even further. News of her suspension was apparently met by cheers and applause from at least some. A sign of excellent leadership?
Also her popularity among staff was hardly enhanced (according to what I believe is a reliable source) by the arrogant and condescending "kick-****" attitude to them, thus undermining morale even further. News of her suspension was apparently met by cheers and applause from at least some. A sign of excellent leadership? armageddondays
  • Score: 2

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