A SECONDARY school in Wembley has dismissed its deputy headteacher on the grounds of gross misconduct two weeks after its headteacher resigned.
Brent Council has been investigating allegations that up to £1million was paid in bonuses to Copland Community College's senior management team over seven years.
Headteacher of the school, Sir Alan Davies, was suspended earlier this year, along with deputy head, Dr Richard Evans and the school bursar, Columbus Udokoro.
On Monday (Nov 2) Dr Evans was dismissed on the grounds of gross misconduct in relation to serious financial irregularities.
The disciplinary panel, made up of three members of the school's Interim Executive Board (IEB), heard evidence from the council's head of audit and investigation team before reaching its conclusion.
Dr Evans, who chose not to attend the hearing, has the right to appeal against the board's decision.
The school's bursar, Columbus Odukoro, is due to appear before a disciplinary panel in December.
The school's headteacher, Sir Alan Davis, was also asked to appear before a disciplinary panel this week but he formally resigned on October 14. The former Head of Human Resources at the School, Michelle Bishop, also resigned following her suspension in August this year.
It is not possible to take disciplinary action leading to dismissal against staff once they have resigned. The school is taking legal advice on further action to be taken.
The board is unable to make any further comment about the suspensions at this time.
Roy Evans, chairman of Copland's IEB, said: "The school's prime focus is the welfare and development of the students. Despite the recent events, the school's board and acting headteacher are continuing to maintain good educational standards and have already made many improvements to the buildings and equipment. We have had strong positive support from Brent Council during this difficult period. Morale is high within the school and we will continue to move forward."
The school first hit the headlines after details of Sir Alan's pay emerged revealing he picked up an £80,000 bonus last year and a £50,000 bonus the year before.
Three teachers including Hank Roberts, the geography teacher who blew the whistle on the school's bonus culture, were then suspended causing more controversy.
However, after demonstrations by furious pupils and staff Sir Alan was ordered off the school's premises and Mr Roberts was reinstated.
Governors were sacked and an interim board was set up to run its finances.