St Olave's A-level row head suspended

The grammar college head instructor on the centre of a row about pupils not being allowed to remain on to take A-levels has been suspended.

Aydin Onac, head of St Olave’s in Orpington, has been suspended by the college’s governors.

Mother and father had threatened authorized motion after some pupils had been informed to depart the college earlier than the higher sixth yr.

It raised questions on colleges boosting their league desk rankings by limiting who may take A-levels.

St Olave’s, within the London borough of Bromley, is one in every of England’s top-performing grammar colleges.

However in August it was caught up in a high-profile dispute when a few of its pupils had been informed they’d not be re-admitted for his or her remaining yr.

Authorized problem

Mother and father started authorized proceedings that claimed that eradicating pupils between 12 months 12 and 13 – the decrease and higher sixth – would have been a type of illegal exclusion.

The mother and father challenged whether or not the college may cease pupils returning due to their anticipated A-level grades.

St Olave’s reversed its resolution and allowed the pupils to return for higher sixth – and the deliberate court docket listening to didn’t happen.

However the college’s governors have now determined that the top instructor, Mr Onac, needs to be suspended.

The governors say that the native authority is finishing up its personal investigation into the A-level controversy.

The St Olave’s dispute started a wider debate about whether or not colleges ought to be capable of cease pupils progressing on this manner – and whether or not filtering out academically-weaker pupils forward of exams was getting used to artificially increase outcomes and league desk rankings.

Different colleges had been pressured to assessment their procedures on whether or not to permit pupils to proceed into the ultimate yr of A-levels.

A press release from the chair of governors, Dr Paul Wright, stated: “I’ve been knowledgeable that the London Borough of Bromley will likely be conducting an investigation of St Olave’s Grammar College in respect of issues which were raised over current weeks.

“In gentle of this, and in an effort to shield the integrity of the investigation, Mr Onac has been suspended from all of his duties as headmaster of the college.”

“Please keep in mind that this suspension is with out prejudice and doesn’t presume any specific end result. We’re dedicated to full transparency and will likely be co-operating totally with the native authority on this matter.”

Bromley Council confirmed “that there will likely be an investigation into issues raised”.

This yr’s A-level outcomes at St Olave’s noticed 75% of all grades being awarded at A* or A and 96% had been at A* to B grades, far above the nationwide common.

Revealed at Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:58:38 +0000