St Olave's Grammar School row head resigns

The pinnacle of a grammar faculty on the centre of a row about pupils being compelled to go away earlier than their A-levels has resigned.

Aydin Önaç, headmaster of St Olave’s Grammar Faculty in Orpington, south-east London, will depart his publish at Christmas, a letter to oldsters stated.

Mr Önaç was suspended by the varsity’s governing physique final month.

Mother and father started authorized motion over the A-level exclusions however the faculty later backed down and let the pupils return.

St Olave’s is considered one of England’s top-performing grammar colleges, with pupils chosen on tutorial capability.

In September, a bunch of sixth-formers who didn’t get excessive sufficient grades at AS-level have been instructed they might not be allowed to return to do their A-levels.

Within the letter to oldsters, despatched late on Friday afternoon, appearing head Andrew Rees stated the headmaster was departing for “private causes”.

“He leaves, with nice unhappiness, a faculty which is now considered one of many nation’s most excellent colleges and one by which mother and father and pupils can have nice satisfaction and confidence.

“Mr Önaç want to thank all these governors, employees, mother and father and college students who’ve supported him during the last seven years and extends his absolute best needs to them for the longer term.”

Mother or father Andrew Gebbett, who has two sons on the faculty, expressed aid at Mr Önaç’s choice to go away.

“The varsity can now transfer on,” he stated.

Debbie Hills, chair of the varsity’s mother and father’ affiliation, who remained in publish regardless of her son deciding to go away after being amongst these excluded, described the resignation as “a primary step to it being put proper”.

“It has been a protracted combat.”

The mother and father’ affiliation first demanded Mr Önaç’s resignation at a gathering in September.

One other father or mother in an analogous place stated: “There will likely be lots of people who will likely be breaking open bottles of champagne tonight.”

The father or mother, who requested to not be named, stated it was acceptable that the varsity’s motto was “‘to proper the improper’ – and that is what’s been carried out”.

A 3rd stated she hoped Bromley Council’s persevering with investigation into the matter “is strong and continues to be strong”.

Tony Wright-Jones, a father or mother and former governor of the varsity, stated: “We wish to know as mother and father and governors what precisely went on – and we would like people to be held accountable for his or her actions.”

This 12 months’s A-level outcomes at St Olave’s noticed 75% of all grades being awarded at A* or A and 96% have been at A* to B grades, far above the nationwide common.

Revealed at Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:05:09 +0000