Confusion Over Whether Head Teacher Still Employed

Bryce Wilby

In another extraordinary twist to the school suspension story, there appears to be confusion over whether former Five Islands School head teacher, Bryce Wilby, is still employed by the Council.

Steve Cleverley from Bryce’s union, the National Association of Head Teachers, says he still hasn’t received formal notification that Bryce can leave the Council’s employment before the end of his formal notice period, in December.

Bryce had requested to leave at the end of August. He says this formed part of a negotiation over his timeline for leaving, salary payments and what he could say in public. But he claims the Council hasn’t kept their side of the bargain.

Steve alleges that the last communication he had seen from the authority stated that they didn’t accept the truncated notice period. That would indicate that Bryce is still employed by the authority.

Ben Julian, chair of the school governing board, told us Bryce’s resignation was acknowledged by him as chair and by the local authority, adding, “He is no longer employed by the council nor is he head teacher of the Five Islands School.”

We contacted the Town Hall a number of times seeking clarification yesterday. Council spokesman George Pearson would not confirm or deny whether Bryce’s was still an employee, but said: “The matter is still considered a private and confidential issue, and therefore we are unable to comment.”

On Monday, the Council issued a press release from Cllr David Pearson. He felt he could comment on Bryce’s suspension as the Council’s ‘duty of care’ to Bryce as an employee ended on 31st August.


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