Chair Of School Governors Resigns After One Week

Merryn Smith

Another Chairman of Governors has resigned. Merryn Smith was appointed to the post just over a week ago on the 12th of June. He’s also resigned from the governing body.

Merryn wouldn’t elaborate on the reason for his resignation but said it is connected to the current situation at the school and he says that there are several reasons for it.

The headteacher of the Five Islands School, Bryce Wilby, was suspended by the Governors after a meeting on May 19th. Although the Governors took the action, they claim they were not given details by the Council of what auditors allegedly uncovered.

The headteacher was still unaware of the reason for the suspension yesterday.

Merryn said that the situation was ‘very fluid’ and he confirmed that it was his decision alone.

He told ScillyToday his biggest regret was for the staff. He had hoped to develop a strong working relationship between the Council, staff and Governors over the coming months and years.

Parents have been reacting to the news. Sarah Moore says that, as a parent of a year 10 student, she finds the whole situation very worrying and she has asked for an honest and open explanation as to what is going on.

Richard Hobbs alleges that the situation is being managed in the style of the former East German secret police, the Stasi. And he asks what can possibly take longer than a month to investigate?

He says if he had been suspended in his work he would have expected a hearing within the week.


3 Responses to Chair Of School Governors Resigns After One Week

  1. Em J June 23, 2012 at 9:42 am

    ‘The headteacher was still unaware of the reason for the suspension yesterday’. Despite it being public knowledge that he received a letter for the reason a couple of weeks ago?
    People can’t just go around giving details of the investigation as it could be compromised – from both sides – and people need to understand that with both a school staff and parents’ vote of no confidence going around, there is clearly an issue that needs to be dealt with professionally. Too many people are wildly speculating instead of waiting for actual explanations.

    • TomD June 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      You are right Em J. The investigation into the alleged ‘financial irregularity’ is of such importance for Mr Wilby that is has to be meticulous and exhaustive. It could even lead to criminal charges, so wild specualtion and calls for an instant solution are risisble. It is amazing that those openly campaigning for openess and speed in relation to Mr Wilby’s suspension could actually prejudice the outcome for him. It would do him and everyone concerned to let due process occur, and when all is revealed, then have an informed discussion on the outcome.

  2. Todd Stevens June 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    If too many governors resign they will hand control of the school over to the council. Unfortunately.