Educating Greater Manchester school suspended headteacher Drew Povey quits


Educating Greater Manchester school headteacher Drew Povey has quit his job.

He shot to overnight fame on the documentary Educating Greater Manchester which featured where he worked Harrop Fold School.

The headteacher went public with his resignation letter on Twitter which revealed he had made the decision with a “heavy heart”.

He wrote: “It is with a very heavy heart that I am writing to tender my resignation as executive head of Harrop Fold School with immediate effect. As you are aware, there is an investigation under way.”

Harrop Fold School is being investigated over allegations children were removed from the register to make the school appear like it was achieving better than it was in reality.

This is known as “off-rolling”.

Mr Povey was suspended on July 13 with three other senior members of staff, according to Manchester Evening News.



Educating Greater Manchester school headteacher Drew Povey quits after suspension

The headteacher has maintained his innocence in his resignation letter.

Also, the TV personality explained Harrop Fold takes on students who have been expelled from other schools.

He has been headteacher at Harrop Fold School for the past decade since 2010.

First he joined the school as a teacher in 2006.

Harrop Fold went from being named one of England’s worst schools in 2004 to rated “good” by Ofsted thanks to Mr Povey.



He shot to overnight fame on the documentary Educating Greater Manchester which featured Harrop Fold School

While he has resigned, the reality star has offered to work at the school for free.

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His resignation letter in full read: “It is with a very heavy heart that I am writing to tender my resignation as executive head of Harrop Fold School with immediate effect. As you are aware, there is an investigation under way.

“Despite the alleged need for swift action to be taken earlier in the year, the investigation process itself has been allowed to drag on, causing damage to the reputation of the school and to me personally. Parents and pupils are unsettled, and the media are speculating as to what has gone on that is so serious to warrant my suspension and that of three other members of staff.

“I am at a loss to understand the ‘heavy handed’ approach adopted by the council, which appears to have completely ignored the best interests of the students, staff and school.



The headteacher went public with his resignation letter on Twitter which revealed he had made the decision with a “heavy heart”

“To date, I have still not yet been presented with the full details of the allegations that are being made, but I understand that the investigation is apparently focused on administrative errors involving a very small number of pupils.

“I, and the school, cooperated fully with the initial investigation and once identified, immediate steps were taken to ensure such errors could not be repeated. We had thought that this was the end of the matter.

“As I understand it, the administrative errors involve how attendance, exclusions and home schooling are recorded.



Parents and students had a lot of respect for the headteacher

“The number of pupils involved is approximately five in 2018 (2/3 EHE, 2 attendance) and three in both 2017 and 2016. This represents approximately 0.5pc of our total student population.

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“As the leader of Harrop, I will always take full responsibility for what happens in school and for the work of the team.

“However, my overall feeling is that Salford City Council are determined to pursue me personally, with the end goal of removing me as executive head.

“They appear to have assumed guilt on my part from the outset, and have brought significant pressure on you and the governing body to accede to their demands, failing which an interim executive board will be immediately instigated. Understandably, you have been keen to avoid this, if at all possible.



While he has resigned, the reality star has offered to work at the school for free

“The protracted nature of the investigative process has created a level of uncertainty that was already having a detrimental impact at the end of the summer term, with the school even having to close one day because of the level of disruption. I cannot sit back whilst this continues, particularly given the progress we have made as a school and within the community.

“Rather than allow further damage to be caused, with the ongoing uncertainty and delay, I have taken the decision to step down.”

Acting headteacher Damian Owen has been appointed to start in the autumn.

Councillor and lead member for children’s and young people’s services Lisa Stone responded to Mr Povey’s resignation letter.

She said: “I am disappointed that Mr Povey has made public some details of a confidential governor’s investigation.

“The council completely refutes the allegation that this is a personal vendetta or that Mr Povey was ever offered money to ‘walk away’. In my experience governors do not launch investigations and suspend senior members of staff for mere administrative errors.

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“This is an in depth and wide-ranging investigation into many serious allegations and it will continue in the interests of the school, pupils, parents and the members of staff who remain suspended.

“The governing body is trying to reach a conclusion as quickly as possible. It is in no-one’s interests to rush through something so serious. The council has arranged temporary leadership support for the school during this difficult period.”





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