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Former headteacher who admitted false accounting has been stripped of knighthood by The Queen

Sir Alan Davies loses honour in wake of suspended jail term imposed by crown court last year

Alan Davies, the former headteacher of Copland Community School in Wembley
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A HEADTEACHER handed a suspended sentence for false accounting has been stripped of his knighthood.

Alan Davies led Copland Community School in Cecil Avenue, Wembley - which is to convert into ARK Elvin Academy from September following Ofsted branding the school ‘inadequate’ - from 1988 until his resignation in 2009.

The Grants Close, Mill Hill, resident was awarded a knighthood for his services to education in the 2000 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Campaigners set up a petition to rescind the 67-year-old’s honour after he was sentenced to one year’s imprisonment, suspended for two years, following his admission of six counts of false accounting at Southwark Crown Court in October 2013.

A short notice appeared in the London Gazette on May 14 to say: “Letters Patent dated 9 May 2014 have passed the Great Seal of the Realm cancelling and annulling the Knighthood conferred upon Alan Seymour Davies on the 22 February 2000 as a Knight Bachelor.”

This means the Honours Forfeiture Committee must have recommended the honour was withdrawn - a recipient getting a minimum of three-month jail term is just one reason - and the decision to annul was rubberstamped by The Queen.

Whistleblower Hank Roberts, Brent branch secretary and past president of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers union, said: “This is brilliant news.

“At least there is some justice in the world even though getting him to court and getting to this stage has taken a very long time.

“I know that not just myself but an overwhelming majority of staff, parents and pupils

will be glad this action has been taken.”

Five of Davies’ co-defendants and former colleagues all walked free from crown court after charges against them were dropped.

 

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