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Primary school head paid £200,000

 
The executive headteacher of a primary academy enjoyed a salary in excess of £200,000 last year after being handed a massive pay rise, official accounts show.
 
Sir Greg Martin, executive head of Durand Academy in south London, saw his salary increase by around 56% in 2013 to a total of £200,822 - meaning he was earning more than the Prime Minister.
 
Durand Academy is a state academy - a school that is not under local council control and has freedom over areas such as curriculum and staff pay - and is run by the Durand Academy Trust. It was judged to be good by Ofsted following an inspection in December.
 
Data published by the Department for Education (dFE) last month show that the average salary for a leadership teacher in a primary academy stands at £53,000.
 
Sir Greg was knighted in last year's birthday honours for services to education.

 

He's obviously good at Maths!

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We have our own examples right here in Herefordshire- there are FoI requests (search for PLP partnership on `What do they know.com`).  Heads who were originally shared between schools with the intention that school B pays school A for the service, now getting paid directly into their own (and their wives') companies.  The FoI requester has totted up a combined salary from their schools of well over £100k - possibly close to £150k each.  It was the schools in the ipad controversy. 

 

Someone needs to get a grip of where education money is going.  The political mantra of `free from local authority control` is actually `free from any meaningful control at all`.

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If it's privately owned and they produce results, I don't see a problem.

 
Charity No 0666004513. This charity was removed from the Charity Commissioner - exempt.
No information, not accountable considering it must have received some government finance.
 

Charitable objects 

 
1. TO ADVANCE EDUCATION FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT AND IN PARTICULAR THE EDUCATION OF THE PUPILS AT DURAND PRIMARY SCHOOL AND AT ANY SCHOOL WHICH IS A QUALIFYING SCHOOL, OR AT ANY OTHER SCHOOL IN RESPECT OF WHICH THE COMPANY ACTS OR HAS ACTED AS A FOUNDATION IT BEING ACKNOWLEDGED THAT IN CARRYING OUT THE OBJECTS THE COMPANY MUST, SO FAR AS IS CONSISTENT WITH THIS PURPOSE, HAVE REGARD TO ITS OBLIGATION TO PROMOTE COMMUNITY COHESION UNDER THE EDUCATION ACTS. 2. TO ADVANCE EDUCATION FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT BY ESTABLISHING, MAINTAINING, CARRYING ON MANAGING AND DEVELOPING ACADEMIES OFFERING A BROAD CURRICULUM WITH A STRONG EMPHASIS ON, BUT IN NO WAY LIMITED TO, ONE OR A COMBINATION OF THE SPECIALISMS SPECIFIED IN THE FUNDING AGREEMENTS ENTERED INTO BETWEEN THE COMPANY AND THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR CHILDREN SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES (SECRETARY OF STATE) RELATING TO EACH OF THE ACADEMIES.

 

Take the money and run.

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I heard that the head of John kyrle is on a nice little earner too? roughly about 100k or more?? apparently he's a bit of a trouble shooter goes around the country to help sort out failing schools???

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We have our own examples right here in Herefordshire- there are FoI requests (search for PLP partnership on `What do they know.com`).  Heads who were originally shared between schools with the intention that school B pays school A for the service, now getting paid directly into their own (and their wives') companies.  The FoI requester has totted up a combined salary from their schools of well over £100k - possibly close to £150k each.  It was the schools in the ipad controversy. 

 

Someone needs to get a grip of where education money is going.  The political mantra of `free from local authority control` is actually `free from any meaningful control at all`.

I could not agree more. Obscene amounts of money are being paid out. There needs to be a "ceiling" salary. How can a Primary Head be earning more than the Prime Minister of the country??

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If it's privately owned and they produce results, I don't see a problem.

Spot on. Those that moan about peoples pay are just jealous. Pay teachers and bankers top pay if they can deliver results. If they cant deliver then don't moan about their pay, they should not be In the job.

The level of pay is irellevent as the priminister's pay is only a salary, he will earn loads more then 200k and good luck to him.

Edited by Paul Neades

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Sir Greg Martin, executive head of Durand Academy in Stockwell, south London, saw his salary rise by around 56 per cent in 2013 to a total of £200,822 – thanks to a loophole which allows the salary increase due to the fact he runs several schools. 
 
A Durand Academy spokesman said: ‘Durand's Executive Head does not just run a primary school, but now oversees an Early Years school, a Junior School, a Middle School which opened in September 2012 and also leads the development of Durand's pioneering plans for a state boarding school for its intake in West Sussex.

 

 

Worth every penny he gets?

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If it's privately owned and they produce results, I don't see a problem.

 

They're not privately owned.  They are owned and funded by the state

 

The selling point for the new academies was that money that used to go the local authority for things like special needs support, transport, grounds maintenance, governor support and training, teacher training etc could be controlled by the school (head) to better meet the needs of pupils

 

A small number of heads are using the loophole to use the extra money the school receives to pay themselves more.  And it isn't as if a new, higher powered and paid job was created and advertised - it is the same people doing pretty much the same jobs as before that are becoming rich - the new `fat cats'.

 

I think I saw figures a few weeks ago that showed the average salary of a Head in an academy is higher than in non academy school and the average salary of classroom teachers is less in academies.  

 

So I don't need to be on a very high salary myself to moan that my taxes paid for the education of children is being diverted to private bank accounts.

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I don't claim to know much about this type of twisted fiasco - probably not intended to either,

But if it's run by the council then what's with the line "Durand Academy is a state academy - a school that is not under local council control " ?

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@ Paul neades of course were bloody jealous who wouldn't be of someone who earns 200k a yr not to mention all those weeks off lucky bastards!!!

But your missing the point state funded so that means us the tax payers paying so yes we have a right to moan?

Ps I have friend who's a teacher & they get £50k a yr & I don't begrudge them a penny of that…but 200k for a headmaster?!

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